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Galactosemia is a group of genetic disorders that are characterized by restricted ability to metabolize the sugar galactose. Patients with Galactosemia have too much galactose in their blood. Classic or Type I Galactosemia is the most common and most severe form of Galactosemia. There are Type II and Type III variations of Galactosemia. Symptoms vary with the type of Galactosemia. In infants, symptoms are: poor feeding, lethargy, failure to gain weight and jaundice.
HOW IS GALACTOSEMIA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done by a general physician on the basis of the symptoms but blood test is conducted to check the presence of these enzymes.
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?
However, with babies, there is a high mortality rate if the treatment is not diagnosed and restrictions on lactose consumption is not imposed.