X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a disorder of very long chain fatty acid (VLCFA) metabolism that can be diagnosed by demonstrating increased levels of VLCFA in plasma and, prenatally, by similar assays in cultured amniocytes or chorionic vilus samples. ALD causes Addison disease freqeuently in men and occasionally in women. Prompt diagnosis is important for genetic counseling and for the institution of therapies aimed to prevent or ameliorate the progressive neurologic disability that often is associated with this illness.
|Number of pages
|Endocrinology and metabolism clinics of North America
|Published - 1991
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism