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Niemann-Pick Type C: Childhood Alzheimer's

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Mind

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.

Body

Niemann-Pick Type C's effect on the brain can cause a range of physical symptoms - enlarged spleen or liver, abnormal eye movements, trouble swallowing, difficulty walking, loss of muscle tone, the inability to control voluntary movements, poor balance, loss of coordination, and seizures.

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Early Death

Niemann-Pick Type C is always fatal. The earlier the onset of the disease, the shorter the life expectancy of the child.

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1 out of 150,000

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Genetic

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.

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But there is hope.

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Cyclodextrin

While cyclodextrin is not a cure for NPC, a growing number of families and doctors have witnessed its effectiveness in slowing down and even reversing the progression of the disease. Learn more about how to get started on cyclodextrin.