Alexander disease is an extremely fatal and rare, yet progressive neurological disorder in kids (also known as leukodystrophies) and mainly caused by defective mutation of genes. Symptoms include megalencephaly, hydrocephalus, failure to thrive, seizures, spastic quadriparesis, progressive psychomotor retardation, etc.
HOW IS ALEXANDER DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Alexander disease may be done through MRI scan and DNA analysis of blood and cheek tissue samples. Rough diagnosis may be done through physical examination.
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?
A bone marrow transplant was attempted on a patient, but it remained unsuccessful and could not cure the child.