Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mes | 2009-10-30


periventricular leukodystrophy

My 17m old (ex 32-week prem), has been diagnosed with periventricular leukodystrophy. The initial diagnosis was periventricular leukomalacia. What is the difference, and what does this mean for him? He is standing and cruising but only with support, some words (about 5), absence seizures, and wears prescription glasses for a squint. What early intervention would you recommend following for him? He is also a really bad sleeper - could this be related?


Expert's Reply



The terms you mention here are essentially for the same condition. This is a rare inherited and serious metabolic disorder which affects the white matter of the brain.There may be a greater risk in some premature infants.I would prefer it if you arranged an appointment to speak to your paediatrician or paediatric neurologist about your son's problem.If you would like to read a bit more before seeing the experts then look up 'metachromatic leukodystrophy' on Google.

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Posted by: Mes | 2009-11-01

Thanks very much. We do have an appointment, but it is still 2 weeks away, and I was just struggling to find info. I was not sure that metachromatic leukodystrophy was the same thing. I appreciate your guidance.

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