03-15-2011, 01:13 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Amman, Jordan
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| | Phenylketonuria..... a SPOT LIGHT
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inherited disorder, with autosomal recessive iheritance pattern.
Babies with PKU are missing an enzyme called phenylalanine hydroxylase, which is needed to break down an essential amino acid called phenylalanine. The substance is found in foods that contain protein.
Without the enzyme, levels of phenylalanine and two closely-related substances build up in the body. These substances are harmful to the central nervous system and cause brain damage.
I'm writng this because in the research my colleague and i are doing it now in (Jordan), till now and just from a few months ago thre are more than 20 families with at least one affected member were diagnosed to be a PKU patients. the disordes is really hard for those people with poor budget....
it touchs my heart when we take the family history and meetin parents suffering more than the babies do