intake. Diet The main way to treat PKU is to eat a special diet that limits foods containing phenylalanine. If the baby isnt treated for. Your babys doctor will share the results with you. They say they might have the results as early as tomorrow. Phenylketonuria: Evaluation of patients with hyperphenylalaninemia or monitoring effectiveness of dietary therapy.
If an infant is tested before 48 hours of age, a repeat test is recommended. The cofactor is necessary not only for normal activity of phenylalanine hydroxylase, but also for activity of the tyrosine and tryptophan hydroxylase which synthesize serotonin and dopamine. But if untreated for a year, the baby has lost almost 50 IQ points, resulting in severe mental retardation. Sultan Haider, Founder and director of Innovation Think Tank, Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Germany. Its so amazing the way the internet brings us all together. Treatment by dietary restriction alone is inadequate for a tetrahydrobiopterin cofactor defect. In some cases the number can be normal up to 20; in others, anything above.2 is abnormal. The likely causes of a positive screen and the actions to be taken in response to a positive screen vary according to the laboratory protocol and should be checked with your individual state screening program.