Introduction: Canavan disease


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Canavan disease: Rare genetic degenerative brain disease in infants.

Canavan disease: Canavan disease is a rare, inherited, neurological disorder characterized by spongy degeneration of the brain (in which the white matter is replaced by microscopic fluid-filled spaces). It is caused by a deficiency of an enzyme called aspartoacylase. Canavan disease is one of a group of genetic disorders called the leukodystrophies that affect growth of the myelin sheath of the nerve fibers in the brain. The myelin sheath is the fatty covering surrounding nerve cells that acts as an insulator. 1

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1. excerpt from NINDS Canavan Disease Information Page: NINDS

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