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Emily's Story

Emily’s Story: Solving the Mystery of Leukodystrophy

When Emily was 10 months old, her parents took her to the emergency department because she appeared to be in extreme abdominal pain.

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The Myelin Disorders Program at Children's National Health System is a recognized leader in providing comprehensive clinical care, diagnostic testing and the most advanced treatments for children with inherited white matter diseases, or leukodystrophies.

Choosing the Myelin Disorders Program at Children’s National

Identifying the cause and type of a white matter disease can be challenging. To ensure that your child receives the best care and the most appropriate form of treatment, the Myelin Disorders Program provides your child with integrated care from a team of neurologists, biochemical geneticists, pediatricians, rehabilitation physicians, genetic counselors and speech therapists. 

Features of the Myelin Disorders Program include:

  • Expert care. Our specialists are international leaders who have pioneered myelin disorder research and treatments
  • Personalized treatment plan. We create a personalized care plan based on the genetic makeup of your child. We understand that all children are unique and require treatments that meet their unique needs
  • Clinical trials and research. Our team of researchers and clinicians are devoted to the discovery of novel variations responsible for pediatric white matter disorders and to translate these findings into clinical treatments through extensive research, clinical trials and studies
  • Ongoing care. Our team of specialists provides ongoing care throughout the diagnosis and treatment of your child’s condition 

Massimo's Story

Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects

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During his first 11 months of life, Massimo was hitting all of his developmental milestones, and his parents, Stephen and Sally Damiani, didn’t notice anything out of the norm. Right before his first birthday, the family started noticing signs of regression in Massimo.

Massimo's Story

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Children’s National sees children from the Washington, D.C., area, across the nation, and around the world who need the kind of specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer.

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At Children’s National, our groundbreaking research is helping us advance the field while providing the best available care to children.