What Is Krabbe Disease?

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Krabbe disease is a unique condition that impacts an individual’s nervous system. Nerves are surrounded by an important substance known as galactosylceramidase. This material acts as a protective layer to the sensitive fibers that comprise nerves. A lack of galactosylceramidase makes the nerves more susceptible to long-term damage.

Though rare in general, Krabbe disease is a genetic disorder that is most likely to be found in children around the age of six months. Sadly, this is considered a fatal condition. A majority of the children diagnosed with the disorder usually do not live beyond the age of two. There are also different classifications of the disease.

1. What Is Early-Onset Krabbe Disease?

Infants are more likely to develop Krabbe disease than adults. Still, it is possible for adults to show signs of this condition later in life. The main difference is the intensity of the symptoms. For children, the symptoms are usually much more severe and are a primary reason why the condition is considered fatal in younger bodies.

A number of symptoms related to early-onset Krabbe disease revolve around the digestive system. Difficulty with feeding and persistent vomiting are early indications to look for. Additionally, a child may show signs of stiffness or difficulty moving, muscle spasms, and seizures. Some children have issues with motor functions or mental capabilities.

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