PKU Project

Jack Ramsden and Brandon McCartney

About PKU

PKU is a rare autosomal recessive disease that is caused by a the liver not functioning properly and allowing high levels of phenylalanine which is harmful to Brain structure and function.

Symptoms/Characteristics

Deformities and Imperfections

Show signs of Depression

Anxious, Signs of Depression

Lower IQ

PKU is developed in Birth and is not Gender specific.

PKU's affects on person's life

Can cause Mental Retardation

Have to eat Certain Foods

A musty odor

An example of what people are trying to do to treat this disorder is that after birth you are screened for PKU and if it is caught within the first 4 weeks it reduces the chances of developing mental retardation by 75%.

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