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What is the treatment for pku?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Diet: A diet low in phenylalanine. You should consult a nutitionist well versed with the this diet. The treatment is very essential in childhood and during pregnancy.
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Diet: Avoidance of all foods containing phenylalanine.
Dr. Scott Hamstra
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Prevention: For classic genetic autosomal recessive pku detected through newborn screening, the treatment is prevention by restricting dietary intake of phenylalanine for infants beginning in first week of life. Affected women also follow same diet restriction before/during pregnancy to protect the next embryo/fetus. Amino acid supplements also recommended, especially true in the bh4 deficiency varient.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is pku?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Phenylketonuria: It is an inherited metabolic disorder which if left untreated causes mental retardation in affected children. All states have programs to screen newborns for pku as it can be treated with a diet low in phenylalanine, an amino acid.

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