Galactosemia


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Galactosemia

A person whose body is unable to metabolize the simple sugar called galactose has an inherited disorder known as galactosemia. The most commonly diagnosed (and most serious) form of this condition is called galactose-1 phosphate uridyl transferase deficiency. Babies with galactosemia can incur damage to vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, brain and eyes if they are fed milk (from humans or animals) due to the accumulation of galactose in their body. Throughout their lives, they will have to abstain from consuming any form of milk or foods that contain galactose. Symptoms of a child who has been given milk may include convulsions, jaundice, vomiting, irritability and refusal to feed. In many cases, newborns receive immediate screening for galactosemia upon their birth. There is no cure for this condition and treatment consists of avoiding all milk products by substituting them with lactose-free formula or soy milk, plus calcium supplements.
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