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Galactose Random Urine

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Galactose Random Urine

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What is this test?

Galactosemia is an autosomal recessive disorder that results from a deficiency of any 1 of the 3 enzymes catalyzing the conversion of galactose to glucose: galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase (GALT), galactokinase (GALK), and uridine diphosphate galactose-4-epimerase (GALE). GALT deficiency is the most common cause of galactosemia and is often referred to as classic galactosemia. The complete or near-complete deficiency of GALT enzyme is life-threatening if left untreated. Complications in the neonatal period include failure to thrive, liver failure, sepsis, and death; even with survival, long-term intellectual disability can result. Galactosemia is treated by a galactose-restricted diet, which allows for rapid recovery from the acute symptoms and a generally good prognosis. Despite adequate treatment from an early age, individuals with galactosemia remain at increased risk for developmental delays, speech problems, and abnormalities of motor function. Females with galactosemia are at increased risk for premature ovarian failure. A comparison of plasma and urine galactose and blood galactose-1-phosphate (Gal-1-P) levels may be useful in distinguishing among the 3 forms of galactosemia; however, these are only general patterns and further confirmatory testing would be required to make a diagnosis.

Test Preparation

No special preparation is needed for Galactose Random Urine. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Galactose Random Urine. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.

Understanding your test results

GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groupsNormally, galactose is not present
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