What are the symptoms of Leukodystrophy?

All forms of Leukodystrophy are progressive in nature, and symptoms worsen over the course of the diseases. As myelin breaks down, so does signal transmission in the nervous system resulting in a continuous decline in mental and physical ability.

Symptoms that may accompany Leukodystrophy include:

  • Failure to thrive
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss
  • Irritability
  • Change in muscle tone (dystonia/hypertonia)
  • Seizures
  • Loss of speech, slurring
  • Inability to eat by mouth
  • Change in body movements
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Change in walking ability
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Personality changes


  • Types of Leukodystrophy

    More detailed information about the 40 currently known forms of Leukodystrophy.

  • Symptoms

    What are the symptoms of Leukodystrophy?

  • Causes

    What causes Leukodystrophy?

  • Diagnosis

    How is Leukodystrophy diagnosed?

  • Treatment

    What are the treatment options for Leukodystrophy?

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