Battling with Canavan disease

  • Canavan disease is a progressive and fatal cerebral degenerative disease that begins in infancy. This inherited genetic abnormality is caused by mutations in the gene for an enzyme which causes deterioration of the white matter (myelin) in the brain
  • Symptoms such as mental retardation, lack of head control etc, usually become noticeable at the age of three to nine months old. Many children do not live past age 10.
  • Although there is no cure for Canavan disease currently, current treatment involves managing the symptoms.