Canavan disease


What specialist doctors should I see with Canavan disease?

Rare diseases like Canavan disease that affect multiple organ systems can benefit from a multidisciplinary approach. This approach involves healthcare professionals with specialized skills and expertise. They work together to make treatment recommendations and to provide quality care of individuals and families. Depending upon the specific symptoms in an individual with Canavan disease, a multidisciplinary team may require a specialist for neurological disorders in children (pediatric neurologist) who will monitor brain function and health; an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) who can periodically check for optic atrophy and vision loss; a specialist in digestive disorders (gastroenterologist); a psychiatrist to monitor and treat emotional problems; a genetic counselor who can help people understand the disease and the implications for the family, a metabolic disease specialist, physiotherapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nutritionists.

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