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Intermountain PKU and Allied Disorders Association
P.O. Box 9762
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
The Intermountain PKU and Allied Disorders Association (IPAD) is a voluntary organization whose mission is to provide education and resources to individuals and families with PKU and other inborn errors of metabolism, to encourage research, and to increase public awareness of these conditions. Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inborn error of metabolism that is detectable during the first days of life with appropriate blood testing (e.g., during routine neonatal screening). PKU is characterized by absence or deficiency of an enzyme (phenylalanine hydroxylase) that is responsible for processing the essential amino acid phenylalanine. Without treatment, phenylalanine builds up in the bloodstream and causes severe neurological complications, including mental retardation. The standard treatment consists of a strict diet very low in phenylalanine and daily consumption of special formula containing life sustaining nutrition. If the diet is consistently and strictly maintained, individuals with PKU will develop normally.
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