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Other Names for this Disease
- Pelizaeus Merzbacher brain sclerosis
- Pelizaeus Merzbacher disease
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Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease is a disorder that affects the brain and spinal cord. It is a type of leukodystrophy and is characterized by problems with coordination, motor skills, and learning. The age of onset and the severity of the symptoms varies greatly depending on the type of disease. It is caused by an inability to form myelin due to mutations in the PLP1 gene. It is passed through families in an X-linked recessive pattern. The condition primarily affects males.
- Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease. Genetic Home Reference. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=pelizaeusmerzbacherdisease. Accessed July 20, 2009.
- NINDS Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/pelizaeus_merzbacher/pelizaeus_merzbacher.htm. Accessed July 20, 2009.
- The Cleveland Clinic Web site has an information page on Pelizaerus-Merzbacher disease. Click on Cleveland Clinic to view this information page.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease. Click on the link to go to GHR and review the information.
- Medline provides a list of resources on leukodystrophies. MedlinePlus is a Web site designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions.
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- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- The The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
- The Wayne State University Web site has an information page on Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease. Click on Wayne State University to view the information page.
- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.