Canavan disease


What health problems should I look for in Canavan disease?

Children with the infantile form of Canavan disease can have problems in their development that become noticeable around 3-5 months. They show delays in reaching developmental milestones such as rolling over, holding their head up, or sitting up without assistance. As they age, there can be delays in crawling, walking and talking. Children may experience seizures, vision loss, and sleep disturbances. People with the milder form of Canavan disease may have speech and learning problems in childhood.

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