Canavan Disease is a potentially fatal disease that affects the nerves due to a lack of the myelin enzyme. This progressively degenerative disease starts at infancy and its symptoms usually show up in the form of an abnormally shaped head as well as lack of control over head movement. Poor muscles strength and tone, as well as blindness and visual impairment are some of the other symptoms.
HOW IS CANAVAN DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
The canavan disease is diagnosed by various tests which are CT scan, MRI scan, urine test, blood test, cerebrospinal fluid test and genetic testing for gene mutations.
HOW IS CANAVAN DISEASE TREATED?
Canavan disease causes progressive brain atrophy.There is no cure nor is there a standard course of treatment. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive by a neurologist.
DID YOU KNOW?
Death due to Canavan’s disease usually occurs before the age of 10, in rare cases children may live up to their teens or twenties.