Inherited Metabolic Diseases—Overview
Inherited metabolic diseases are a group of disorders that cause missing or defective enzymes. The enzyme problems can lead to:
- A build up of harmful substances that the enzymes would otherwise breakdown
- An inability to fully breakdown food for use in the cells
There are thousands of inherited metabolic diseases.
Last reviewedJune 2013by Michael Woods, MD
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