GLACTOSE METABOLISM

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GLACTOSE METABOLISM

  1. 1. GALACTOSE Galactose in Haworth Projection
  2. 2. Symptoms • Jaundice (yellowish discoloration of the skin and the whites of the eyes) • Vomiting • Poor weight gain • weariness • Irritability • Seizures
  3. 3. Major Organs Affected by Galactosemia
  4. 4. All About It  Galactosemia is a condition in which the body is unable to use the simple sugar galactose which is mostly in milk.  The exact name for this gene is Classical Galactosemia.  The protein that is coded for by this gene is called GALT (galactose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase).
  5. 5. Treatment  The Treatment for Galactosemia is the removal of galactose from your diet. All lactose products must be totally avoided. Milk and milk products contain the most amount of lactose; however it is also present in other foods such as legumes, organ meats and processed meats.  Infants will need to be fed with food that is lactose free such as soy formula, meat-base formula, or Nutramigen (a protein hydrolysate formula)  There is no definite cure for Galactosemia, the condition is life long and it can only be controlled. Doctors advise a calcium supplement for patients with Galactosemia as Milk is an important source of calcium for a growing child.
  6. 6. Amniocentesis NewBorn Screening

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