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The term Tyrosinemia or tyrosinemia is used for defining an error of metabolism, which is inherent in the human body. As a result of this, the individuals is unable to break down the amino acid tyrosine. This leads to signs like liver and kidney disturbance and also various types of intellectual disabilities and problems. Such infants would also have acute growth issues.
HOW IS TYROSINEMIA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the same is done through blood tests by the general physician who would check the blood for high levels of tyrosine.
HOW IS TYROSINEMIA TREATED?
It is customary to place affected infants on diets low in phenylalanine, methionine and tyrosine. Given tyrosine is found in meats, dairy products, and other protein rich foods such as nuts and beans they should be avoided. Strict attention to nutrition and adequate vitamin and mineral intake do not cure tyrosinemia, but serve to control the metabolic abnormalities and support normal development and growth. In addition to dietary modification, treatment with nitisinone has been shown to be beneficial. At the present time, liver transplantation remains the only effective means of establishing normal enzyme activity and treating the disease once it has reached the more advanced stages.
DID YOU KNOW?
About 10 percent of newborns have temporarily elevated levels of tyrosine (transient tyrosinemia). In these cases, the cause is not genetic. The most likely causes are vitamin C deficiency or immature liver enzymes due to premature birth.