Isovaleric acidaemia in 2 South African children
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Two siblings who were repeatedly admitted to hospital with acute episodes of vomiting, dehydration and coma were found to be suffering from isovaleric acidaemia. This condition is a rare inherited abnormality of leucine metabolism, which is frequently fatal in the early weeks of life and leads to mental retardation in a high proportion of those who survive early attacks. However, both out patients were of normal intelligence. The clinical presentation, biochemical defect, diagnosis and suggested therapies are reviewed.
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