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Phenylketonuria (PKU)

This is a rare inherited disorder in which the body is unable to deal with a nutrient called phenylalanine. Phenylalanine is an amino acid and is found in most protein foods. It must be excluded from the diet - otherwise it accumulates in the body, resulting in epilepsy and severe learning difficulties. All newborn babies are screened for PKU using the heel prick test.

For more advice, support and information visit the National Society for Phenylketonuria (NSPKU): www.nspku.org.

Screening means that babies with the condition can be treated early - through a special diet - which will prevent severe disability and allow them to lead normal lives.

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