ERIC Number: ED425552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Phenylketonuria (PKU). ARC Q&A #101-53.
Arc, Arlington, TX.
This fact sheet uses a question-and-answer format to summarize what is known about phenylketonuria (PKU), an inherited metabolic disease that leads to mental retardation and other developmental disabilities if untreated in infancy. Questions and answers address the following topics: what PKU is; how PKU is inherited; the diagnosis of PKU; the accuracy of PKU testing and guidelines for testing; the treatment of PKU; the current recommendation that those affected by PKU remain on a restricted diet indefinitely; the associated risks that pregnant PKU mothers face; and screening for other metabolic disorders associated with mental retardation. (DB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Clinical Diagnosis, Congenital Impairments, Etiology, Genetics, Intervention, Mental Retardation, Metabolism, Nutrition, Prevention, Special Health Problems, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Therapy
Arc National Headquarters, 500 E. Border St., S-300, Arlington, TX 76010; Tel:: 817-261-6003; TDD: 817-277-0553.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arc, Arlington, TX.