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SANO, Tatiana Suemi. Krabbe disease: the importance of early diagnosis for prognosis. Einstein (São Paulo) [online]. 2012, vol.10, n.2, pp. 233-235. ISSN 1679-4508.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1679-45082012000200019.

Krabbe disease (globoid cell leukodystrophy) is an inherited recessive autosomal leukodystrophy caused by deficiency of the enzyme galactocerebrosidase. The lack of this enzyme leads to the build-up of galactolipids that will promote the death of oligodendrocytes and the demyelination of the central and peripheral nervous systems. There are two clinical forms: early onset and late onset. This article reports a case of late onset Krabbe disease and discusses the importance of early diagnosis for its prognosis.

Keywords : Leukodystrophy, globoid cell; Galactosylceramidase; Psychosine; Galactolipids; Early diagnosis; Case reports.

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