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It is possible that the main title of the report Metachromatic Leukodystrophy is not the name you expected.
Metachromatic leukodystrophy, the most common form of leukodystrophy, is a rare inherited neurometabolic disorder affecting the white matter of the brain (leukoencephalopathy). It is characterized by the accumulation of a fatty substance known as sulfatide (a sphingolipid) in the brain and other areas of the body (i.e., liver, gall bladder, kidneys, and/or spleen). The fatty protective covering on the nerve fibers (myelin) is lost from areas of the central nervous system (CNS) due to the buildup of sulfatide. Symptoms of metachromatic leukodystrophy may include convulsions, seizures, personality changes, spasticity, progressive dementia, motor disturbances progressing to paralysis, and/or visual impairment leading to blindness.
Metachromatic leukodystrophy is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. There are three forms of the disease that have similar symptoms. However, they are distinguished by the age of onset: infantile, juvenile, and adult forms of metachromatic leukodystrophy.
Australian Leukodystrophy Support Group, Inc.
- Nerve Centre Building
- 54 Railway Road
- BLACKBURN, VIC 3130
- Tel: +61 3 9845 2831
- Tel: 1800 141 400
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.alds.org.au
ELA - European Association Against Leukodystrophies
- 2, rue Mi-les-Vignes
- Laxou Cedex, 61024
- Tel: 33383309334
- Fax: 33383300068
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.ela-asso.com
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
- Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/
Hide & Seek Foundation for Lysosomal Disease Research
- 6475 East Pacific Coast Highway Suite 466
- Long Beach, CA 90803
- Tel: (877)621-1122
- Fax: (866)215-8850
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.hideandseek.org
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: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.huntershope.org
Instituto de Errores Innatos del Metabolismo
- Carrera 7 No 40 - 62
- Tel: 5713208320
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.javeriana.edu.co/ieim/programas_ieim.htm
Kennedy Krieger Institute
- 707 North Broadway
- Baltimore, MD 21205
- Tel: (443)923-9200
- Fax: (443)923-9405
- Tel: (800)873-3377
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.kennedykrieger.org
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
- Website: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, Inc.
- 2001 Beacon Street
- Brookline, MA 02146-4227
- Tel: (617)277-4463
- Fax: (617)277-0134
- Tel: (800)906-8723
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.NTSAD.org
United Leukodystrophy Foundation
- 224 N. 2nd St.
- Suite 2
- DeKalb, IL 60115
- Tel: (815)748-3211
- Tel: (800)728-5483
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.ulf.org/
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Last Updated: 5/14/2008
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