A 38-year-old member asked:
Can anyone tell me about phenylketonuria pku?
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Pediatrics 46 years experience
Phenylalanine (Phe): Your genes pass the code to your cells for making enzymes it needs to utilize dietary substances. Food must be broken down to usable parts & recycled in each cell to become the building blocks of cell walls, muscle, etc.In pku a kid inherits a bad code from both asymptomatic parents & doesn't make the phe enzyme. A buildup of phe becomes toxic.Removing phe from the diet allows normal growth.
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Last updated Jul 25, 2012
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