Other Names for this Disease
- Ceroid lipofuscinosis neuronal 3
- CLN3 disease
- Juvenile NCL
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autosomal recessive fashion and has been associated with mutations in a gene called the CLN3. Although a cure has not been identified for Batten disease, treatment for the symptoms is available.Batten disease is a neurodegenerative genetic condition characterized by progressive mental and motor deterioration, seizures, and early death. Symptoms of Batten disease typically appear between the ages of four and ten years. Rapid vision loss resulting in total blindness is usually the first symptom observed. Followed by seizures which typically present between ages five and 18 years. Life expectancy generally ranges from the late teens to the 30's. Batten disease is inherited in an
Last updated: 9/24/2012
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- The American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy provides information on the treatment of lysosomal storage diseases.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Batten disease. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
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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 Batten 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.