Other Names for this Disease
- Free sialic acid storage disease
- Sialuria, Finnish type
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free sialic acid storage disorders, which primarily affect the nervous system. Infants with Salla disease typically begin to experience poor muscle tone (hypotonia) during the first year of life, followed by slowly progressive neurological problems. Signs and symptoms include intellectual disability and developmental delay; seizures; ataxia; muscle spasticity; and involuntary slow movements of the limbs (athetosis). About one-third of affected children learn to walk. It is caused by mutations in the SLC17A5 gene and is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Treatment is generally symptomatic and supportive.Salla disease is the mildest form of the
Last updated: 10/14/2011
- Sialic acid storage disease. Genetics Home Reference. February 2008; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/sialic-acid-storage-disease. Accessed 10/14/2011.
- David Adams, William A Gahl. Free Sialic Acid Storage Disorders. GeneReviews. July 3, 2008; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1470/. Accessed 10/14/2011.
- The American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy provides information on the treatment of lysosomal storage diseases.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Salla disease. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- 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.
- 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 Salla disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.