Have you just received a diagnosis of ALD through newborn screening? Below is an Adrenoleukodystrophy Overview.
What is ALD?
Adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD, is a deadly genetic disease that affects 1 in 17,000 people. As it is an X-linked genetic disease, which means, it most severely affects boys and men.
How do you get ALD?
ALD disease is a genetic, or inherited, disorder. If a mother is a carrier of ALD, there is a 50% chance of passing this on to her children. If a father is a carrier of ALD, he will pass this on to his daughter.
How is ALD diagnosed?
ALD is diagnosed through a blood test, which analyzes the amount of very long chain fatty acids, which are elevated in ALD. Genetic testing will confirm the diagnosis. An MRI diagnoses cerebral ALD.
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