Hurler syndrome is an infrequent disease which is associated with the metabolism of a person where they are unsuccessful in breaking the long chains of sugar molecules (glycosaminoglycan). In a patient suffering from hurler syndrome the body is incapable of manufacturing an enzyme called the lysosomal alpha-L-iduronidase which is responsible for the breakdown of the long chains of sugar molecules called glycosaminoglycan. Hurler syndrome is mostly prevalent in infants within the age bracket 3 to 8. Usually when a newborn is suffering from hurler syndrome, no signs and symptoms are noticed, but the symptoms start occurring from the age of 2. The symptoms seen in patients of hurler syndrome are learning disabilities, corneal clouding, hearing impairment, joint stiffness and skeletal deformities and coronary heart diseases. If you experience any such symptom you should consult a doctor who is an expert in performing required transplants. Your doctor would put you through some tests such as an X- ray of your spine or a urine analysis test to know more about your condition. The treatment plans recommended by your doctor to treat hurler syndrome involves enzyme replacement therapy where the vital enzyme lysosomal alpha-L-iduronidase which helps breakdown of the long chains of sugar molecules. In advanced cases of Hurler Syndrome if the cornea or the bones are affected, there might be a need of an orthopedic surgery or a cornea transplant surgery.
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