Other Names for this Disease
- Diffuse familial brain sclerosis
- Pelizaeus Merzbacher brain sclerosis
- Pelizaeus Merzbacher disease
- Pelizaeus-Merzbacher brain sclerosis
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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 is a disorder that affects the brain and spinal cord. It is a type of
Last updated: 7/20/2009
- Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease. Genetics Home Reference. 2008; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=pelizaeusmerzbacherdisease. Accessed 7/20/2009.
- NINDS Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 2008; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/pelizaeus_merzbacher/pelizaeus_merzbacher.htm. Accessed 7/20/2009.
- 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. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- 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.
- The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) collects and disseminates research information related to neurological disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The Wayne State University Web site has an information page on Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease. Click on Wayne State University to view the information page.
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- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- 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 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.