Canavan disease is an inherited disorder of the central nervous system in which affected individuals cannot break down a compound called N-acetyl-L-aspartic acid (NAA). Canavan disease is one of a group of genetic disorders called the leukodystrophies. The signs and symptoms of this disease usually begin early in infancy. The course of the condition can be quite variable, however. Signs and symptoms include developmental delay, particularly in motor skills such as such as sitting, standing, and walking; decreased muscle tone; increased head size (macrocephaly); abnormal posture; and mental retardation. Feeding and swallowing difficulties, seizures, and sleep disturbances may also develop.

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... Canavan disease is an inherited disorder of the central nervous system in which affected individuals cannot break down a compound called N-acetyl-L-aspartic acid (NAA). Canavan disease is one of a group of genetic disorders called the leukodystrophies.

The signs and symptoms of this disease usually begin early in infancy. The course of the condition can be quite variable, however. Signs and symptoms include developmental delay, particularly in motor skills such as such as sitting, standing, and walking; decreased muscle tone; increased head size (macrocephaly); abnormal posture; and mental retardation. Feeding and swallowing difficulties, seizures, and sleep disturbances may also develop. ...

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... Canavan disease is an inherited condition that affects the breakdown and use (metabolism) of aspartic acid. ...
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... What is Canavan Disease? Canavan disease, one of the most common cerebral degenerative diseases of infancy, is a gene-linked, neurological birth disorder in which the white matter of the brain degener...
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... Canavan disease, one of the most common cerebral degenerative diseases of infancy, is a gene-linked, neurological birth disorder in which the white matter of the brain degenerates into spongy tissue r...
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    ... Canavan disease is an inherited disorder of the central nervous system in which affected individuals cannot break down a compound called N-acetyl-L-aspartic acid (NAA). Canavan disease is one of a gro...
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    ... Canavan disease, one of the most common cerebral degenerative diseases of infancy, is a gene-linked, neurological birth disorder in which the white matter of the brain degenerates into spongy tissue r...

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