Also known as the Neill-Dingwall Syndrome, the Cockayne Syndrome is a rare neurodegenerative disorder that is characterized with growth failure and impaired nervous development. Premature aging, photosensitivity and eye disorders are common associated conditions of this syndrome. There is also a possibility of problem with one or many internal organs.
HOW IS COCKAYNE SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Cockayne Syndrome is done through physical examination and consideration of family and patient history. Neurologists may order for a specific DNA repair test for measuring the recovery of RNA after exposure to UV radiation. Neurological imaging studies are conducted to study the changes in the brain.
HOW IS COCKAYNE SYNDROME TREATED?
There is no known cure for this disease. Patients can be treated based on their symptoms. Wearing sun protective gear can help reduce sun burns. Appropriate nutrition also provides symptomatic relief.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cockayne syndrome is a very rare disorder. The signs include - Growth Retardation, Photosensitivity and Progeria.