X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare disorder that makes it hard for the body to break down fatty acids. This results in a buildup in the brain and the adrenal cortex. This causes damage to the myelin sheath in the brain and adrenal gland.
ALD often causes death 10 years after symptoms start.
Adrenoleukodystrophy in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/adrenoleukodystrophy-in-children. Accessed November 2, 2020.
Adrenoleukodystrophy information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Adrenoleukodystrophy-Information-Page. Accessed November 2, 2020.
Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Kari Kassir, MD
Last Updated: 5/12/2021
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