XLH Patient Says new Drug is Giving Her Hope for the Future


At 55 years old, Linda Mozzone says she’s getting a second chance at life, all because of a new drug from Indiana University School of Medicine.

“It has been two-and-a-half years now, and it has changed my life,” said Mozzone, who lives with her husband and son outside of Chicago, Illinois. Mozzone was diagnosed with X-linked hypophosphatemia, or XLH, at age two. XLH is a phosphate-wasting disease that causes rickets and osteomalacia, or softening of the bones. 

While XLH is typically inherited, Mozzone’s case was spontaneous. There is a 50 percent chance her children would have the condition, but she says she’s thankful she did not pass it down to her son.

 

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