Clinical Heterogeneity of the Lipidoses — A Short Overview

  • Armando Sena
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Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 150)


In the last few years it has became evident that the clinical spectrum of the lipidoses and allied disorders in wider than originally thought. In this paper, we document this fact and briefly review the neurological clinical pictures of three pathological conditions: The hexosaminidase A (Hex A) and arylsulfatase A (ASA) deficiency states, and the adrenoleukodystrophy variants. In a second step, a comment is made about the pathophysiological mechanisms probably underlying the clinical manifestations of these disorders. It is noted the possible relevance of these findings for the understanding of other, apparentely unrelated neurological diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis


Multiple Sclerosis Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Metachromatic Leukodystrophy Friedreich Ataxia Ganglioside Composition 
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  • Armando Sena
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  1. 1.Departamento de Bioquímica, Faculdade de Ciéncias MédicasUniversidade Nova de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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