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Symptoms of ALD 2

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Symptoms of ALD (Childhood Cerebral)



Initial Symptoms 

Adrenoleukodystrophy often starts to appear in children ages 4 to 8. Before the onset of symptoms, these children usually exhibit normal growth and development. However, the child's behavior will usually suddenly change and they will start to exhibit difficulty in school, impaired vision, and impaired hearing.



Progressive Symptoms 

After the initial symptoms, the patient's health will start to deteriorate rapidly. Some of these symptoms are dementia, poor coordination, seizures, hyperactivity, difficulty with speech, and headaches. Usually after the onset of symptoms the patient will go into a vegetative state. This period can last anywhere from 6 months to 20 years although it usually lasts about 2 years. Eventually, the vegetative state will result in the death of the patient.




  1. "Types of Adrenoleukodystrophy." United Leukodystrophy Foundation. 02 August 2007. MorningStar Media Group LTD., Web. 1 Nov 2009. .

Comments (2)

rryoung@... said

at 9:28 am on Oct 29, 2009

Add: footnotes/citations, pictures, subheadings, LINKS!!

Kathryn Snyder said

at 9:50 am on Nov 5, 2009

I had no idea that children with ALD are usually normal until the onset of symptoms. I had just assumed that the ALD was exhibited from birth.

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