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What is the prognosis for metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD)?

The prognosis for patients with metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) is poor. Most children with the infantile form die by the age of five. The progression of symptoms in the juvenile and adult forms is slower and those affected may live a decade or more following diagnosis.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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