Other Names for this Disease
- Galactocerebrosidase deficiency
- Galactosylceramidase deficiency
- Galactosylceramide beta-galactosidase deficiency
- GALC deficiency
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There is no cure for Krabbe leukodystrophy. Results of a very small clinical trial of patients with infantile Krabbe disease found that children who received umbilical cord blood stem cells from unrelated donors prior to symptom onset developed with little neurological impairment. Results also showed that disease progression stabilized faster in patients who receive cord blood compared to those who received adult bone marrow. Bone marrow transplantation has been shown to benefit mild cases early in the course of the disease. Generally, treatment for the disorder is symptomatic and supportive. Physical therapy may help maintain or increase muscle tone and circulation.
Last updated: 3/16/2014
- NINDS Krabbe Disease Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). June 2011; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/krabbe/krabbe.htm. Accessed 7/21/2011.
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