(From the July 2015 Issue of MedStat)
Also known as Spielmeyer-Vogt-Sjogren-Batten disease, Batten disease is the most common form of a group of disorders called neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (or NCLs). Although Batten disease is usually regarded as the juvenile form of NCL, it has now become the term which encompasses all forms of NCL. Batten disease is a congenital, progressive and terminal neurological disease. Patients with Batten disease have cognitive impairment, loss of developmental milestones and epilepsy. Sight and hearing may also be impaired.
At Nationwide Children's, Batten disease patients are evaluated and cared for by a multidisciplinary team that includes neurologists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers and genetic counselors. Additional consultations are available from pediatric cardiologists, pulmonologists and gastroenterologists. Emily de los Reyes, MD, a pediatric neurologist, is the lead clinician.
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