Characteristics of the dementia in late-onset metachromatic leukodystrophy

Elsa G. Shapiro, Lawrence A. Lockman, David Knopman, William Krivit

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Patients with metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) of juvenile or adult onset present with behavioral abnormalities. In nine patients, diagnosed between ages 11 and 33 years, behavior and neuropsychological test results disclosed a pattern of dementia combining features associated with both frontal and white matter abnormalities. All the patients had been considered to have a psychiatric disorder prior to the diagnosis of MLD, even though none had any of the cardinal features of schizophrenia or other major psychosis. Early diagnosis of late-onset MLD is important to provide access to appropriate effective therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)662-665
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1994


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