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Pelizaeus Merzbacher disease

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • PMD
  • Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease
  • sclerosis, diffuse familial brain
  • sudanophilic leukodystrophy, Pelizaeus-Merzbacher type

Disorder Subdivisions

  • classical x-linked Pelizaeus-Merzbacher brain sclerosis
  • acute infantile Pelizaeus-Merzbacher brain sclerosis
  • autosomal dominant Pelizaeus-Merzbacher brain sclerosis
  • late onset Pelizaeus-Merzbacher brain sclerosis

General Discussion

Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD) is a rare X-linked genetic disorder affecting the central nervous system that is associated with abnormalities of the white matter of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms develop due to lack of the fatty covering (myelin sheath) of nerve cell fibers. Many areas of the central nervous system may be affected, including the deep portions of the cerebrum (subcortical), cerebellum, brain stem and spinal cord. Signs may include the impaired ability to coordinate movement (ataxia), involuntary muscle spasms (spasticity) that result in slow, stiff movements of the legs, delays in reaching developmental milestones, and late onset loss of motor abilities and progressive deterioration of intellectual function. The neurologic signs of Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease are usually slowly progressive.



Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease is associated with abnormalities (mutations) in the PLP1 gene. Several forms of the disorder have been identified including classic PMD; connatal PMD; transitional PMD; and PLP1 null syndrome. Forms of complicated spastic paraparesis and pure spastic paraparesis (designated SPG2) are also caused by the PLP1 gene.

Resources

CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases)

Climb Building

176 Nantwich Road

Crewe, CW2 6BG

United Kingdom

Tel: 4408452412173

Fax: 4408452412174

Email: enquiries@climb.org.uk

Internet: http://www.CLIMB.org.uk



March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

1275 Mamaroneck Avenue

White Plains, NY 10605

Tel: (914)997-4488

Fax: (914)997-4763

Tel: (888)663-4637

Email: Askus@marchofdimes.com

Internet: http://www.marchofdimes.com



United Leukodystrophy Foundation

224 N. 2nd St.

Suite 2

DeKalb, IL 60115

Tel: (815)748-3211

Tel: (800)728-5483

Email: office@ulf.org

Internet: http://www.ulf.org/



ELA - European Association Against Leukodystrophies

2, rue Mi-les-Vignes

54521

Laxou Cedex, 61024

France

Tel: 33383309334

Fax: 33383300068

Email: ela@ela-asso.com

Internet: http://www.ela-asso.com



NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

P.O. Box 5801

Bethesda, MD 20824

Tel: (301)496-5751

Fax: (301)402-2186

Tel: (800)352-9424

TDD: (301)468-5981

Internet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/



Hunter's Hope Foundation, Inc.

PO Box 643

6368 West Quaker Street

Orchard Park, NY 14127

Tel: (716)667-1200

Fax: (716)667-1212

Tel: (877)984-4673

Email: info@huntershope.org

Internet: http://www.huntershope.org



Australian Leukodystrophy Support Group, Inc.

Nerve Centre

54 Railway Road

Blackburn, VIC 3130

Australia

Tel: 61395847070

Tel: 1800141400

Email: mail@alds.org.au

Internet: http://www.alds.org.au



Pelizaeus Merzbacher Disease Support Group

43 Fir Tree Close

Flitwick

Bedfordshire, MK45 1NY

United Kingdom

Tel: 01525716907

Email: pmdsupport@dsl.pipex.com

Internet: http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc.asp?doc=26739559



Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126

Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126

Tel: (301)251-4925

Fax: (301)251-4911

Tel: (888)205-2311

TDD: (888)205-3223

Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/



Madisons Foundation

PO Box 241956

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Tel: (310)264-0826

Fax: (310)264-4766

Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org

Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org



PMD Foundation

1307 White Horse Road

Suite 603

Voorhees, NJ 08043

Tel: (609)443-9623

Email: dhobson@pmdfoundation.org or jeffleonard@pmdfoundation.org

Internet: http://www.pmdfoundation.org



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Last Updated:  4/8/2010

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