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Over time what happens to the person with pku?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends on treatment: The outcome is expected to be very good if the diet is closely followed, starting shortly after the child's birth. If treatment is delayed or the condition remains untreated, brain damage will occur. School functioning may be mildly impaired. If proteins containing phenylalanine are not avoided, pku can lead to intellectual disability by the end of the first year of life. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/.

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