Illinois hospitals are now testing newborns for Krabbe disease
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
All Illinois hospitals will now be testing newborns for Krabbe disease.
The testing started officially this week.
The disease is a neurological one that if not caught early will not allow the patient to live through childhood.
Doctors said symptoms do not always show up right away so it is important to be aware of the symptoms some cells.
"It will start with just delays in their development; seizure disorders, some kind of tightening of their muscles sometimes and then eventually they'll, usually because of these things have a shortened lifespan," Assistant Professor for Pediatrics Sheref Unal said.
The disease affects around one in 100,000 newborns.
Doctors said that some children will be less affected by the disease than others.
Gene therapy will start being used to possibly diagnose the child before they are born.