Alexander disease also known as fibrinoid leukodystrophy is a fatal neurological disease. It is very rare and genetic in nature. It mostly affects infants and children causing delayed developments in physical growth. The symptoms of this disease are: • Infantile Alexander Disease • Megalencephaly • Hydrocephalus: • Failure to thrive • Seizures: • Spasticity/spastic quadriparesis: • Progressive Psychomotor Retardation
HOW IS ALEXANDER DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Alexander disease is diagnosed in various ways including; • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI • genetic testing • clinical symptoms • radiological studies • leukodystrophies
HOW IS ALEXANDER DISEASE TREATED?
There is currently no cure or standard procedure for treating Alexander disease. However, patients are advised to seek pediatric and neurological expertise.
DID YOU KNOW?
Though Alexander disease is a genetic defect, it is not mandatory that it is genetically inherited also.