ALD - • eventually may lead to a vegetative state...

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1. Treatment the Odones pursued- oleic acid and euric acid 2. Lorenzo’s parents-Michaela succumbed to cancer in June 2000. Augusto, who continues the fight for his son, works out of his office at Myelin Project Headquarters located in Dunn Loring, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C. 3. Where Lorenzo is- Virginia 4. How old is Lorenzo- 28th birthday on May 29, 2006 5. What ALD stands for- Adrenoleukodystrophy 6. Symptoms- Neonatal type: - Seizures - delayed neurological development - frequent respiratory infections - darkening of the skin color (increased skin pigmentation) Childhood and adolescent type: hyperactivity decreasing school performance decreased understanding of verbal communication ( aphasia ) crossed eyes swallowing difficulties changes in muscle tone, especially muscle spasms and spasticity Progressive nervous system deterioration paralysis hearing loss visual impairment or blindness deteriorating fine motor control
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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.

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