What is the mortality associated with cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX)?

Updated: Jun 20, 2019
  • Author: Robert D Steiner, MD; Chief Editor: Maria Descartes, MD  more...
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Life expectancy is lowered; however, no formal epidemiologic studies have been published. Death can be as early as infancy, although it is more common between the fourth and sixth decades of life, with progressive incapacitation usually occurring in the fourth and fifth decades of life. Causes of death reported in the literature include myocardial infarction and progressive mental deterioration with pseudobulbar palsies. [22]


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