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ERIC Number: ED169731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Management of Newborn Infants with Phenylketonuria.
Health Services Administration (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Community Health Services.
The booklet covers the identification, diagnosis, and clinical treatment of newborns with Phenylketonuria (PKU), an inborn error of metabolism, which, if untreated, can lead to mental retardation. An initial section considers biochemical and genetic factors of PKU including a diagram of aromatic amino acid hydroxylation systems. Screening procedures for detecting phenylalanine in the blood are reviewed, and followup actions are considered. The relation of infant age and time of initial blood screening is examined. Initiation of treatment is discussed and dietary management aspects described. Medical services, including diet termination and genetic counseling, are considered. Two appendixes, on dietary guidelines and diagnostic confirmation, are included. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Health Services Administration (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Community Health Services.