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What happens at the end of metachromatic leukodystrophy?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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29 years experience
Loss of function: This is a very rare disease, inherited when both parents are usually carriers. Because of the deficient enzyme, arylsulfatase a, patients suffer from a gradual destruction of myelin sheath, the protective covering of nerves. At the end, loss of muscle function, seizures, possibly coma, and mental illness (in older people) prevail. Unfortunately, no cure, though therapies may improve life quality.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What happens in the end stages of metachromatic leukodystrophy?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Leukodystroph course: Mld is a severe disease that gets worse over time. Eventually people lose all muscle and mental function. Life span varies depending on what age the condition started, but the disease course usually runs 3 - 20 or more years. See: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002185/.

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