Niemann-Pick Type C: Childhood Alzheimer's
People with Niemann-Pick Type C may exhibit an inability to focus, forgetfulness, learning difficulties in school, slurred speech and loss of speech, as well as depression and even hallucinations.
1 out of 150,000
Niemann-Pick Type C is a genetically inherited disease. When two NPC carriers have children, each child has a 25% chance of developing NPC.
Difficult to Diagnose
Most doctors have never heard of Niemann-Pick Type C due to its extreme rarity; NPC's broad range of often-subtle, unfamiliar symptoms can lead to misdiagnosis or no diagnosis at all. The first symptom of NPC is an enlarged spleen and/or liver; talk to your doctor about NPC if your child has these symptoms.