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Leukodystrophy

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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It is possible that the main title of the report Leukodystrophy is not the name you expected.

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Refsum Disease
  • Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis
  • Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
  • Zellweger Syndrome Spectrum Disorders
  • Krabbe Disease
  • X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy
  • Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency
  • Megalencephaly with Subcortical Cysts
  • Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease
  • Alexander Disease
  • Canavan Disease
  • Childhood Ataxia and Cerebral Hypomyelination (CACH)
  • Other Leukodystrophies

General Discussion

Leukodystrophies are a group of very rare, progressive, metabolic, genetic diseases that affect the brain, spinal cord and often the peripheral nerves. Each type of leukodystrophy is caused by a specific gene abnormality that leads to abnormal development of one of at least 10 different chemicals that make up the white matter (myelin sheath) of the brain. The myelin sheath is the protective covering of the nerve and nerves can't function normally without it. Each type of leukodystrophy affects a different part of the myelin sheath, leading to a range of neurological problems.

Resources

Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 North Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Tel: (443)923-9200
Fax: (443)923-9405
Tel: (800)873-3377
TDD: (443)923-9400
Email: info@kennedykrieger.org
Internet: http://www.kennedykrieger.org

National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, Inc.
2001 Beacon Street
204
Brookline, MA 02146-4227
USA
Tel: (617)277-4463
Fax: (617)277-0134
Tel: (800)906-8723
Email: info@ntsad.org
Internet: 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: office@ulf.org
Internet: http://www.ulf.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
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

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

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

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/

Myelin Disorders Bioregistry Project (MDBP)
Childrens National Medical Center, c/o Dr. Adeline Vanderver
111 Michigan Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20010
Tel: (202)476-6230
Fax: (202)476-5226
Email: myelin@childrensnational.org
Internet: http://www.myelindisorders.org/profile.aspx

For a Complete Report

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Last Updated:  4/28/2008
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