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Tyrosinemia type 1

Other Names for this Disease
  • FAH deficiency
  • Fumarylacetoacetase deficiency
  • Hepatorenal tyrosinemia
  • Tyrosinemia type I
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Your Question

My son is 18 days old and has been diagnosed with tyrosinemia type 1. Is there any hope of curing my son's illness?

Our Answer

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How might tyrosinemia type 1 be treated?

There is currently no cure for tyrosinemia type 1. Individuals with this condition need to be on a special diet restricted in two amino acids, tyrosine and phenylalanine, throughout life. Affected individuals may also be treated with a medication called nitisinone. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are essential for an improved prognosis. Some individuals require a liver transplant if their liver disease is already advanced before treatment begins.[1]

Detailed information on the treatment of tyrosinemia type 1 is available from GeneReviews.
Last updated: 4/26/2010