PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– Recent stories on the internet told the tragic tale of a 2-year-old California girl dying from what was called “Childhood Alzheimer’s.”
It’s really called Sanfilippo Syndrome and while doctors don’t call it “Childhood Alzheimer’s,” it does mimic some of the symptoms according to Dr. Julie Kaplan, a clinical geneticist at Nemours Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Sunday System Brings First Chance Of Snowflakes For Parts Of Region
Developmental delays are noticed first, then behavior issues begin and finally intellect and physical abilities begin to deteriorate.READ MORE: Man Dead After Being Shot 18 Times In Olney, Police Say
“There is not currently a cure, there are treatments under clinical trials,” she tells KYW Newsradio. “There are actually three different types of treatments that are under clinical trials right now.”MORE NEWS: FBI, Philadelphia Police Searching For Woman Who Allegedly Robbed Wells Fargo Bank In Logan Square, Police Say
She says the it’s a rare genetic disorder, but it’s deadly.