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My wife has periventricular leukodystrophy. she got it at 59 and is now 60. life expectancy?

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Dr. Eric Farbman
Neurology 27 years experience
Are you sure of dx?: This is not my area of expertise in neurology, but are you sure it is periventricular leukodystrophy and not periventricular leukomalacia. The former is a condition usually seen in children. The latter is extremely common and is sometimes called small vessel white matter disease. Most patients with a western diet have some degree of this, particularly by age 60, and Aspirin is the treatment.
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Dr. Eric Farbman
Neurology 27 years experience
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By the way, if she truly has periventricular leukodystrophy, she should see a neurologist who specializes in white matter disease, likely at a tertiary referral center.
Apr 4, 2013

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