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Following the detection of phenylketonuria or pku in an infant, what is the treatment?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Diet Rx: The primary treatment is the removal of any phenylalanine in their diet. This is accomplished by a strict diet free of the material in infancy & childhood. Duration of this treatment depends a lot on the situation. Women with pku must be on restricted diet during pregnancy or they risk brain injury & birth defects in their offspring. Adults off diet face various declines in mental performance.

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