Galactocerebroside beta-galactosidase deficiency or Krabbe disease is a hereditary illness that causes nerve cells in the brain and across the nervous system to lose their protective coating (myelin). This disease commonly manifests itself in babies before they reach the age of six months, and the condition usually leads to death by the age of two.
The condition can manifest itself in various ways in adults and children. Moreover, galactocerebroside beta-galactosidase deficiency has no cure. Hence, the only treatment is supportive care. Stem cell transplants, on the other hand, have shown some promise in newborns treated before the beginning of symptoms, as well as in certain older children and adults.