Neuroaxonal Dystrophy. By Jeaneane P. Kozlowski Presented June 24, 2003 Temple University- Ambler. What is Neuroaxonal Dystrophy?. Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (NAD) is a rare inherited disorder.
By Jeaneane P. Kozlowski
Presented June 24, 2003
Temple University- Ambler
Most people carry different faulty genes but in NAD parents, though healthy themselves, carry the same faulty genes, and risk passing them on to their children.
Each pregnancy carries a 25 percent chance of the child being affected
Prenatal testing is not available
The NAD gene has not been foundWhat Causes NAD?
rGenetic Possibility of inheriting NAD from parents who are carriers.
Deposits found in the nerve endings going to muscles, skin and around the eyes (conjunctiva).
It is not certain how or why these deposits build up on the nerves.
Likely that the body clearing unwanted chemicals is not working properly due to a fault in the gene responsible for this action.What are the Genetic Features of NAD?
Eventually child will lose all understanding or real awareness of his or her surroundings.
Child with NAD at 9 years old
* pain relief and sedative drugs if required
*feeding can be assisted
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