Liver transplant appears to save patient with rare metabolic disorder

03/12/2014 | MedPage Today (free registration)

A liver transplant appeared to stop lathosterolosis in a young patient, according to a case report in the American Journal of Transplantation. Lathosterolosis is a rare metabolic condition caused by a defect in cholesterol biosynthesis, which often leads to progressive liver disease, neurological deficits and deformities of body parts and organs. Five years after the transplant, the patient exhibited normal liver function and stabilized cholesterol and lathosterol levels, as well as improved neurocognitive function. "Timely liver transplant in defects of cholesterol biosynthesis might arrest the progression of neurological damage," the authors suggested.

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