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Consider the possibility of adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) before it’s too late

Adrenal insufficiency may be the first signal

Recognize the link

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An early diagnosis of ALD can save lives1

ALD is a rare, X-linked metabolic disorder characterized by an accumulation of very-long chain fatty acids (VLCFAs) in various parts of the body.2,3 As it is X-linked, this disorder affects males more severely.2 Without early detection, ALD can progress to a serious, life-threatening condition called cerebral ALD, which can lead to irreversible brain damage.1,2,4,5

As part of the initial evaluation of preadolescent boys with primary adrenal insufficiency, the Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guidelines recommend screening for elevated VLCFA levels in plasma in order to detect the possibility of ALD, which may be further confirmed through genetic testing.2,6

Measure VLCFA levels in plasma

Consulting an ALD specialist

A neurologist specializing in ALD can monitor disease progression to cerebral ALD and provide appropriate care1

Monitoring ALD

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