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Unformatted text preview: • eventually may lead to a vegetative state Symptoms of adrenal gland failure • muscular weakness (asthenia) • wasting (loss of weight, muscle mass) • decreased appetite • increased skin pigmentation Signs and tests Return to top • blood levels showing elevated long chain fatty acids • skin biopsy and fibroblast culture showing elevated levels of long chain fatty acids • MRI of the head showing damage to the white matter of the brain (white matter is a specific type of brain tissue) • head CT shows damage to the white matter of the brain • chromosome study (neolatal form - defects at chromosome 7q21-q22) 7. Causes- It affect young boys 8. How it is contracted- from the mother who is a carrier of the genetic disorder 9. What ALD does-breakdown or loss of the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells in the brain and progressive dysfunction of the adrenal gland...
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This note was uploaded on 10/31/2011 for the course BIO 102 taught by Professor Robinson during the Spring '09 term at UPenn.
- Spring '09