Volume 43, Issue 5 (September 1998)

    Postmortem Diagnosis of Leukodystrophies

    (Received 8 August 1997; accepted 29 January 1998)


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    Leukodystrophies are progressive disorders involving the development and maintenance of myelin in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Although relatively uncommon, leukodystrophic disorders may be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed during life, and may appear as “sudden death.” In such instances, these victims may be referred to a forensic pathologist. In general, leukodystrophies are inherited in an autosomal recessive manner so that proper postmortem diagnosis by the forensic pathologist is extremely important to the decedent's family for future family planning.

    Author Information:

    Burns, C
    Jewish Hospital, Louisville, KY

    Parker, JC
    University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

    Shields, LBE
    Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, KY

    Handy, TC
    University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

    Stock #: JFS14359J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14359J

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    Title Postmortem Diagnosis of Leukodystrophies
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30