WHAT IS PKU? / Phenylketonuria.
WHAT IS PKU? | Phenylketonuria (PKU) |is a rare genetic condition that is present from birth. The body is unable to break down a substance called phenylalanine, which builds up in the blood and brain.
Phenylalanine is an |amino acid, which is found in high-protein foods such as meat, fish, eggs and cheese.
High levels of |phenylalanine can damage the brain. PKU is treated with a special low-protein diet, which reduces the levels of phenylalanine in the body and prevents brain damage.
PKU does not usually |cause any symptoms if treatment is started early - but if it isn't treated, damage to the brain and nervous system can lead to learning disabilities, behavioural difficulties.
PKU is rare - it is |estimated to affect just one in every 10,000 babies born in the UK.
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|Publication:||Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)|
|Date:||Nov 2, 2014|
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