Adrenoleukodystrophy Essay | Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)

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Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)

Summary: Describes the disease adrenoleukodystrophy, and gives a brief summary of resources where you can go to get more information.
it is estimated that at least 1 in 30,000 boys in the United states, have the genetic trait for a disease called Adrenoleukodystrophy. First discovered in 1923, the disease has been known as Schilder Disease, and sudanophilic leukodystrophy. In 1971, Dr. Michael Blaw gave it the name that it is now known as. adreno referring to the adrenal glands, leuko meaning white, and referring to the white matter of the nervous system, and dystrophy meaning in perfect growth or development.

Adrenoleukodystrophy(ALD) is a fatal, rare, progressive, genetic disorder characterized by abnormal levels of certain fats called very long chain saturated fatty acids (VLCSFA'S) that build up in the various tissues and fluids of the body. These include the brain, skin, adrenal glands, and blood. The real damage is done when these acids destroy a special substance called the myelin sheath. myelin is the protective fatty coding that raps itself in layers...

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