Children affected by Galactosemia are not able to break down a sugar found in milk products called galactose. Harmful amounts of undigested sugars build up in the body as a result.
If untreated, Galactosemia can cause seizures, developmental delays, blood infections, liver damage, or even death. However, if the condition is detected early and proper treatment is followed, children with Galactosemia often lead healthy lives.
Galactosemia affects approximately 1 in 30,000 to 60,000 babies in the United States.
Galactosemia is a genetic disorder.
Also Known As
- GALT Deficiency
- Classic Galactosemia
- Galactose-1-Phosphate Uridyltransferase Deficiency
- Enzyme Activity