What is Neimann Pick Type C disease?

NPC is a progressive neurovisceral genetic disorder that occurs in 1 in 150,000 births. 80% of affected patients are children, but 20% are adults at the time of diagnosis. NPC predominantly results in neurological difficulties, often initially presenting as problems with co-ordination and eye movements, and over time affecting walking, swallowing and memory. Children often develop seizures and significant learning problems with illness progression. A significant proportion of adult patients develop a mental illness, and this is often the first sign of the disease.

There is currently no treatment in Australia for NPC, and most patients are treated symptomatically for their difficulties with movement and swallowing, and for associated problems (such as psychiatric illness or seizures). Some promising medications are in use overseas for sufferers of NPC, and ultimately research is aimed at preventing illness onset and progression so that people affected with NPC can lead healthy and normal lives, as at present there is no cure for NPC Disease.

Dr. Mark Walterfang
Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
Neuropsychiatry Unit
Royal Melbourne Hospital

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cycle 4 Sam - Shining his star... Part II

Matty & Timmy Lloyd chat with Marty before the start of day 2
Mandy & Paul checking out the day's route.
A quick riders briefing before the team head off
Releasing 21 pink balloons in memory of Cassie Stallard RIP
Paul & Mandy Jacobs lead the team through town in the Truck
On their way..... great effort by all concerned, fantastic to meet you all!

No comments:

Post a Comment