Phenylketonuria (PKU)

Birth Defects

What It Is

A birth defect that cause an amino acid called phenylalanine to build up in the body.

How The Child Gets It

Newborns are screened for PKU


May experience loss of color or rashes, body odor, hyperactivity, slow growth.

Life Expectancy

Can last for years or be lifelong.

Important Facts Or Points

-Cant be cured, but treatment may help.

-Lab tests or imaging always required.

-Treatment includes a strict diet with limited protein.