Why People with UCD Is More Likely to Get Hyperammonemia?

People with Urea Cycle Disorder (UCD) have a mutation that causes them to lack an enzyme that helps break down ammonia.

The urea cycle is responsible for removing ammonia from the blood stream. Ammonia is made by cells, when they breakdown the nitrogen in proteins. Ammonia needs to be eliminated, and through this cycle turns in to urea which can be excreted in the urine. If a step is missing, ammonia and nitrogen products build up causing hyperammonemia. This can cause liver and brain damage and eventually death.

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