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Galactosemia is a rather rare genetic disorder that affects a person’s ability to metabolize the sugar galactose. In other words, the galactose in sugar does not convert to sugar but gets accumulated in blood. The condition can cause some very serious symptoms such as kidney failure, enlarged liver, cataracts in the eyes, restricted growth along with intellectual growth hindrance.
HOW IS GALACTOSEMIA DIAGNOSED?
Babies are generally screened for the condition at the time of birth as a routine procedure. This is more particularly done when there is a family history of Galactosemia. A heel prick test is done to collect blood sample from the baby.
HOW IS GALACTOSEMIA TREATED?
Treatment is based on the elimination of galactose from the diet. Infants and children with galactosemia should reduce galactose intake and have a diet that contains lactose-free milk substitutes and other foods such as soy bean products. Speech therapy may be necessary for children with speech apraxia or dysarthria. Appropriate treatment (i.e., antibiotic drugs) may be used to control infection. The emotional effects of the strict diet may require attention and supportive measures throughout childhood. Genetic counseling is recommended for families with children who have galactosemia.
DID YOU KNOW?
Galactosemia is often confused with lactose intolerance