The Portryal of Adl in Lorenzo's Oil

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The Portrayal of ADL in Lorenzo’s Oil "Lorenzo's Oil" is a harrowing movie that chronicles the series of events that transpire after a happily married couple's son is diagnosed with a fatal disease called adrenoleukodystrophy. The film was released in 1993 and received four stars because of its daring and personal exploration of such a serious and emotional ordeal. It is based on a true story and the characters in it supposedly are a direct representation of their real-life counterparts.
Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) also known as Addison-Schilder Disease or Siemerling-Creutzfeldt Disease, is one of a group of genetic disorders called the leukodystrophies that cause damage to the myelin sheath, an insulating membrane that surrounds nerve cells in the brain. Women have two X-chromosomes and are the carriers of the disease, but since men only have one X-chromosome and lack the protective effect of the extra X-chromosome, they are more severely affected.
The childhood form is the most severe, with onset between ages 4 and 10. The most common symptoms are usually behavioral changes such as abnormal withdrawal or aggression, poor memory, and poor school performance. Other symptoms include visual loss, learning disabilities, seizures, poorly articulated speech, difficulty swallowing, deafness, disturbances of gait and coordination, fatigue, intermittent vomiting, increased skin pigmentation, and progressive dementia. In the adult form between ages 21 and 35, symptoms may include progressive stiffness, weakness or paralysis of the lower limbs, and ataxia.
In the opening scene, Lorenzo, his father Augusto (played by Nick Nolte), and his mother Michaela (played by Susan Sarandon) are depicted as a perfectly content family. Augusto and Michaela are an energetic couple in love with their son and who live to see him happy. Not long into the movie, Lorenzo's normal…...

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