Canavan Disease (cont.)
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Is there any treatment for Canavan disease?
What is the prognosis for Canavan disease?
The prognosis for Canavan disease is poor. Death usually occurs before age 4, although some children may survive into their teens and twenties.
What research is being done on Canavan disease?
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The gene for Canavan disease has been located. Many laboratories offer prenatal screening for this disorder to populations at risk. Scientists have developed animal models for this disease and are using the models to test potential therapeutic strategies. Research supported by the NINDS includes studies to understand how the brain and nervous system normally develop and function and how they are affected by genetic mutations. These studies contribute to a greater understanding of gene-linked disorders such as Canavan disease, and have the potential to open promising new avenues of treatment.
Select this link to view a list of studies currently seeking patients.
For more information
Canavan Research Foundation
Canavan Disease Research
National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association
United Leukodystrophy Foundation
SOURCE: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2008