leukodystrophy, metachromaticmedical dictionary

A sphingolipidosis where there is defective desulfation of galactosyl-3-sulfate ceramide due to a defective enzyme cerebroside sulfatase (arylsulfatase a). The result is an accumulation of sulfatide in neural and non-neural tissues which manifests as mental deterioration and severe disturbances of the central nervous system.

(12 Dec 1998)