Adrenomyeloneuropathy due to mutation in the ABCD1 gene as underlying factor in spastic paraparesis

Duodecim. 2017;133(7):683-7.


We present a Finnish family in which adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN) caused by the mutation in the ABCD1 gene was revealed as the cause of spastic paraparesis. . Two patients had hypoadrenalism, which is in some cases some associated with the disease . AMN is a hereditary disease manifested both in men and women. but owing to the location of the gene in the X chromosome the symptoms are usually more severe in male patients. . Diagnoses was trucked down with gene-panel sequencing and confirmed through detection of an elevated level of very long-chain fatty acids in the serum of the patients. Specific molecular genetic diagnosis is beneficial, because it enables precise genetic counseling as well as recognition and treatment of associated symptoms, such as severe cortisol deficiency.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily D, Member 1 / genetics*
  • Adrenoleukodystrophy / genetics*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Finland
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mutation
  • Paraparesis, Spastic / genetics*
  • Pedigree
  • Phenotype
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


  • ABCD1 protein, human
  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily D, Member 1