What Is Maple Syrup Urine Disease?

Q:
What is maple syrup urine disease?

A:
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is not very common. It runs in family. If you have the disease, your body is unable to metabolize some amino acids. Enzymes turn amino acids into something that helps your body function well. But people with MSUD have defective enzymes. This means amino acids will build up in the body. Too many amino acids in the body can cause: coma, neurological damage, life- threatening conditions.

There’s no way for MSUD prevention. But you can have an examination to find out whether you are a carrier of MSUD.

 

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