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what are the risks for maple syrup urine disease?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
Brain damage: Maple syrup urine disease (msud) is caused by a gene defect. Persons with this condition cannot break down the Amino Acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine. This leads to a buildup of these chemicals in the blood. In the most severe form, msud can damage the brain during times of physical stress (such as infection, fever, or not eating for a long time). Some types of msud are mild however.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Besides maple syrup urine disease, are there some other causes of urine that smells sweet like syrup?

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Possibly diabetes: To my knowledge, uncontrolled diabetes might also cause this, but i would expect the person to also have weight loss, and frequent urination besides just a sweet smell to the urine.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the history of one with maple syrup urine disease?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Lots of info: Please see this website for info: www.Msud-support.Org it has lots of great information for families.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Besides maple syrup urine disease, what are some causes of urine that smells sweet?

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Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
Dermatology 9 years experience
Diabetes: Diabetes mellitus.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What puts a person at risk for maple syrup urine disease?

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Dr. John Tillett
Urology 22 years experience
MSUD: Msud is a genetic, inherited disorder that involves an abnormality in the way your body processes amino acids. It is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, meaning that you need two copies of the defective gene, one from each parent, to exhibit signs of the disease. In other words, to be at ris for msud, both parents need to be carriers of the gene, or suffer from msud themselves.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the risk factors for maple syrup urine disease?

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Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 24 years experience
Your genes: Msud is a genetic disorder. It occurs about 1:300000 although in some populations like mennonites the risk is as high as 1:300. There are multiple different genes associated with this disorder but all are involved in the metabolism of branched chain amino acids. The risk of having msud depends on the carrier status of your parents. Similarly, the risk to offspring depends on your carrier statu.

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