Overview

Lorenzo's oil is a combination of two chemicals called erucic acid and oleic acid. People use Lorenzo's oil as a medicine.

Lorenzo's oil is used to treat an inherited disorder that affects the nervous system and adrenal glands (adrenoleukodystrophy or ALD), and an inherited condition that affects the spinal cord (adrenomyeloneuropathy or AMN). ALD occurs in children, and AMN occurs in adults.

Lorenzo's oil is named after a child, Lorenzo Odone, who developed ALD. His parents discovered a mixture of fatty acids that seemed to slow progression of the disease. The mixture became known as "Lorenzo's oil."

In the US, Lorenzo's oil is only available to patients participating in a clinical trial.

How does it work ?

Two rare genetic disorders can cause a large build-up of certain chemicals called very long-chain fatty acids. The build-up of these fatty acids is thought to cause many serious problems throughout the brain and body. Lorenzo's oil might help prevent some of this build-up.

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