Alternate Names : Galactose-1-phosphate uridyl transferase deficiency, Galactokinase deficiency, Galactose-6-phosphate epimerase deficiency
People with this condition must avoid all milk, milk-containing products (including dry milk), and other foods that contain galactose for life. It is essential to read product labels and be an informed consumer.
Infants can be fed with:
- Soy formula
- Meat-based formula or Nutramigen (a protein hydrolysate formula)
- Another lactose-free formula
Calcium supplements are recommended.
Parents of Galactosemic Children, Inc.
People who get an early diagnosis and strictly avoid milk products can live a relatively normal life. However, mild intellectual impairment may develop, even in people who avoid galactose.
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Death (if there is galactose in the diet)
- Delayed speech development
- Irregular menstrual periods, reduced function of ovaries leading to ovarian failure
- Mental retardation
- Severe infection with bacteria (E. coli sepsis)
- Tremors and uncontrollable motor functions
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call your health care provider if:
- Your infant has a combination of galactosemia symptoms
- You have a family history of galactosemia and are considering having children