ESPE Abstracts (2018) 89 P-P3-414

Is the Third Time Really a Charm? The Story about Three Brothers Suffering from Adrenoleukodystrophy and about HSCT being a Chance to Stop the Unstoppable Disease

Marta Hetmana, Krzysztof Kalwakb & Ewa Bargc


aWroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland; bWroclaw Medical University, Department of Paediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation, Oncology and Hematology, Wroclaw, Poland; cWroclaw Medical University, Department of Paediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation, Depatment of Basic Medical Science, Wroclaw, Poland


Introduction: Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a genetic diseases classified in the group of peroxisomal disorders caused by mutations in ABCD1, a gene located on the X chromosome. It is the most common monogenetically inherited neurodegenerative diseases. X-ALD is an inborn error of metabolism characterized by impaired peroxisomal beta-oxidation of very long-chain fatty acids (VLCFA) with a heterogeneous clinical spectrum. VLCFA accumulate principally in the CNS and adrenal glands. It results in a beakdown of the myelin sheath and axons, and slowly progressive axonopathy affecting sensory ascending and motor descending spinal cord tracts. Symptoms such as auditory impairment, diminished visual acuity, signs of adrenal failure, memory loss, and speech difficulties occur early. No causal treatment for ALD is known, although hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is allowed for early diagnosis. Lorenzo’s oil is used in the treatment of symptomatic patients.

Case report: The study presents a case of three boys (siblings) suffering from X-ALD, aged: 6 months, 8 and 11 years old, with confirmed mutation in ABCD1 gene. In boys’ mother blood mutation has also been confirmed. The oldest one is currently in poor condition. Due to late diagnosis, he was not qualified for HSCT. His brother, 8yo is 1.5 year after HSCT. He develops properly with only symptoms of adrenal insufficiency. The 6 month-old boy has now started to develop adrenal insufficiency without any symptoms from CNS. HSCT is planned for him in 2–3 years. All boys take hydrocortisone and Lorenzo’s oil.

Conclusions: ALD is associated with severe morbidity and mortality, and the symptoms are unspecific. It occurs mostly among young boys and progresses rapidly. In early stages HSCT gives the best chances of slowing down the progression of disease and allows to alleviate the subsequent consequences of the disease. Therefore, parents’ awareness and early genetic testing (including prenatal testing) are very significant for the progress of ALD.

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