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What are the treatments for galactosemia?

What are the treatments for galactosemia?

Avoid galactose: Galactosemia results when one born without the ability to make galactose is exposed to that sugar (common in human and bovine milk).Without the enzyme to break it into its parts, it can build up and interfere with a babies metabolism. Simply not feeding the child anything with this sugar will avoid the problem. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Galactosemia (Definition)

Galactosemia is an inherited condition in which there is an inability to break down a type of sugar called galactose, leading to its accumulation in the body. This can cause damage to the eyes, liver, kidney, and brain resulting in the yellowing of skin, seizures, poor feeding, ...Read more


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Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

No!: Galactosemia cannot be cured. But, you can take steps to prevent or minimize galactosemia symptoms and complications. The treatment is the strict avoidance of all sources of galactose. The most common source is lactose, which is the milk sugar that breaks down to galactose and glucose. Avoid: milk or milk by-products, fermented soy products, legumes, organ meats, & hydrolyzed protein. ...Read more

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Why can't galactosemia be treated with enzyme replacement therapy?

Why can't galactosemia be treated with enzyme replacement therapy?

Lack of enzyme to...: replace the missing ones. There are 3 subtypes of galactosemia, each affected by a deficiency of a different enzyme. Just because we know which enzymes, doesn't mean that science has successfully created replacement enzymes to treat the illness- or that they are even trying. Maybe someday there will be the option of enzyme replacement, but given how rare the condition is it is not likely. ...Read more

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How does galactosemia affect you?

How does galactosemia affect you?

See below:: Infants with unrecognized galactosemia usually have problems with feeding and do not grow as well. Untreated, infants can develop cataracts, liver disease/kidney problems. Build-up of galactose and galactose-1-phosphate can cause brain damage, and in some cases, can lead to death. Even with treatment, some children may develop learning disabilities.With dietary management-most enjoy good health! ...Read more

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What causes galactosemia in young women?

What causes galactosemia in young women?

Missing enzyme: Gene defects can be passed from unaffected parents to their kids if it takes 2 pieces, one from each parent, for the mistake to cause symptoms.In galactosemia, the gene pair responsible for making galactose is defective, so it is not made = causes galactose to build up in the kid = galactose-emia (galactose in the blood). ...Read more

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Is it possible for a baby devolop galactosemia?

Is it possible for a baby devolop galactosemia?

If genes present: Galactosemia ( presence of excessive galactose in the blood) can develop in an infant born without the genes that codes for galactase, the enzyme that breaks down galactose. Removal of galactose from the diet (this is the sugar in mothers milk), will prevent the problem & its many bad effects on the body. ...Read more

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Why is galactosemia so much more common than frutosemia?

Why is galactosemia so much more common than frutosemia?

No good answer.: It is just a statistical fact. Geneticists may have a possible answer in the future, but there is no medical reason I am aware of. Of course it is identified since galactose is consumed as a humans in many food, especially milk which contains lactose---glucose/glactose. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me about tests in newborn for galactosemia?

Can someone tell me about tests in newborn for galactosemia?

Simple: Ask for a blood galactose. I don't know why you ask but if there is any suspicion the disease is exacebated by milk. Its effect is to cause cataracts, one of the few causes of this in infancy. ...Read more