It is possible that the main title of the report Galactosemia is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Galactosemia is a rare, hereditary disorder of carbohydrate metabolism that affects the body's ability to convert galactose (a sugar contained in milk, including human mother's milk) to glucose (a different type of sugar). Galactose is converted to glucose by a series of three enzyme reactions. The disorder is caused by a deficiency of an enzyme known as "galactose-1-phosphate uridyl transferase" which is vital to this process.
Galactosemia may also be referred to as classic galactosemia because a few variants of the gene for galactosemia have been identified. One variant causes a milder form of the disorder known as Duarte galactosemia. Classic galactosemia is the most severe form.
Because milk is the staple of an infant's diet, early diagnosis and treatment of this disorder is absolutely essential to avoid serious lifelong disability.
CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases)
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American Liver Foundation
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NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
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Galactosaemia Support Group
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Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group
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Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Liverpool, L12 2 AP
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Canadian Families with Galactosemia
5 Bayview Ave.
Ontario, L9H 4W8
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