Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM)
Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) is a general term that can be used to describe a wide range of diseases and conditions.
One common factor between all of the different IEM diseases and illnesses is that there is a genetic component, or malfunction, which results in the patient missing or having a low level of an enzyme or co-factor in a metabolic pathway.
This means that the patient may have difficulties in processing, transporting, storing or breaking down components of foodstuffs and or subsequent by-products. Depending on the missing enzyme or co-factor this could lead to a failure to release or store nutritional resources or, at a later stage in the metabolic pathway, a build up of toxic waste materials in the body that cannot be metabolised or excreted.
Diseases and conditions linked to Inborn Errors of Metabolism are sometimes identified soon after birth. Treatment is usually initiated in a specialist care setting, and can take the form of a patient being given regular replacement doses of a substrate or component in a metabolic pathway.
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