Rare Disease Report

PKU and the Brain

MARCH 22, 2017
Shawn Christ, PhD

Shawn Christ, PhD, of the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri discusses the pathophysiological changes in the brain of a patient with phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare genetic disorder that causes a build up of phenylalanine in the body. People with PKU need to follow a strict diet that limits phenylalanine in order to limit changes to the brain's chemistry and anatomy.

This interview was made possible by a sponsorship from BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. Rare Disease Report has sole control over the editorial content.

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