Prognosis and Outlook for Refsum disease

Prognosis for Refsum disease

What is the prognosis?

ARD is treatable because phytanic acid is not produced by the body, but is only found in foods. With treatment, muscle weakness, numbness, and dry and scaly skin generally disappear. However, vision and hearing problems may persist and the sense of smell may not return. Untreated, ARD can lead to sudden death caused by heartbeat abnormalities.

Source: NINDS (NIH)1

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References

  1. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ refsum/ refsum.htm

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