Once Xlhed was identified as a genetic disorder. A great deal of research was put into what genes were being affected by this disorder. Later, it was decided to shift the focus to what steps could be taken in the future to treat and prevent this abnormality.
This requires a gambit of studies to be conducted. There have already been several research studies carried out and from each one, something new was learned about the abnormality and what the future holds for those who are afflicted with it.
Prevention is always a key factor in any type of disease or human abnormality. It is much better to prevent it rather than having to treat it. This doesn’t mitigate the need for treatment for those who already have a condition like Xlhed. This is a condition that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives unless a treatment is discovered.
Focusing on the prevention has led researchers to try and develop a drug that can be administered during the pregnancy directly to the embryo. This is because the genes are formed during the stages that the fetus goes through. Researchers have tried other drugs following the birth of infants stricken with this condition without successful results and this has led them to believe that the solution lies in treating the embryo directly.
There will surely be ongoing studies to determine if a treatment can be found to treat the symptoms that are caused by Xlhed at least until such time a prevention can be found. In order to be effective at this, it requires the collection of data. One particular study is in progress where participants aged from six months up to five years. The study is going to be based on different phases throughout this age range. It will focus on the collection of data from health care providers, hospitals, and the family.