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    Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I

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    Synonyms

    • Hurler Disease
    • Gargoylism
    • MPS Disorder I
    • MPS I

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • Scheie Syndrome (MPS IS)
    • Hurler-Scheie Syndrome (MPS IH/S)
    • Hurler Syndrome (MPS IH)

    General Discussion

    Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS disorders) are a group of rare genetic disorders caused by the deficiency of one of ten specific lysosomal enzymes, resulting in an inability to metabolize complex carbohydrates (mucopolysaccharides) into simpler molecules. The accumulation of these large, undegraded mucopolysaccharides in the cells of the body causes a number of physical symptoms and abnormalities.

    Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is a form of MPS caused by a deficiency of the enzyme alpha-L-iduronidase. The most severe form of MPS I is often called Hurler syndrome (or MPS IH). It is named for the physician, Gertrud Hurler, who first described the disorder in 1919. A milder form of MPS I is called Scheie syndrome (or MPS IS), and the name Hurler-Scheie (MPS IH/S) is sometimes applied to an intermediate form that does not fit clearly in either the milder or more severe category.

    Resources

    CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases)
    Climb Building
    176 Nantwich Road
    Crewe, CW2 6BG
    United Kingdom
    Tel: 4408452412173
    Fax: 4408452412174
    Email: enquiries@climb.org.uk
    Internet: http://www.CLIMB.org.uk

    The Arc
    1825 K Street NW, Suite 1200
    Washington, DC 20006
    Tel: (202)534-3700
    Fax: (202)534-3731
    Tel: (800)433-5255
    TDD: (817)277-0553
    Email: info@thearc.org
    Internet: http://www.thearc.org

    National MPS Society, Inc.
    PO Box 14686
    Durham, NC 27709
    Tel: (919)806-0101
    Fax: (919)806-2055
    Tel: (877)677-1001
    Email: info@mpssociety.org
    Internet: http://www.mpssociety.org

    Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases
    MPS House
    Repton Place
    White Lion Road
    Amersham
    Buckinghamshire, HP7 9LP
    United Kingdom
    Tel: 08453899901
    Fax: 08453899902
    Email: mps@mpssociety.co.uk
    Internet: http://www.mpssociety.co.uk

    Canadian Society for Mucopolysaccharide and Related Diseases, Inc.
    PO Box 30034
    RPO Parkgate
    North Vancouver
    British Columbia, V7H 2Y8
    Canada
    Tel: 6049245130
    Fax: 6049245131
    Tel: 8006671846
    Email: info@mpssociety.ca
    Internet: http://www.mpssociety.ca

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    Madisons Foundation
    PO Box 241956
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Tel: (310)264-0826
    Fax: (310)264-4766
    Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
    Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

    Let Them Hear Foundation
    1900 University Avenue, Suite 101
    East Palo Alto, CA 94303
    Tel: (650)462-3174
    Fax: (650)462-3144
    Email: info@letthemhear.org
    Internet: http://www.letthemhear.org

    Hide & Seek Foundation for Lysosomal Disease Research
    6475 East Pacific Coast Highway Suite 466
    Long Beach, CA 90803
    Tel: (877)621-1122
    Fax: (866)215-8850
    Email: info@hideandseek.org
    Internet: http://www.hideandseek.org

    Medical Home Portal
    Dept. of Pediatrics
    University of Utah
    P.O. Box 581289
    Salt Lake City, UT 84158
    Tel: (801)587-9978
    Fax: (801)581-3899
    Email: mindy.tueller@utah.edu
    Internet: http://www.medicalhomeportal.org

    Proyecto Pide un Deseo México, i.a.p.
    Altadena #59-501 col. Napoles
    delegacion Benito Juarez
    03810 Mexico D.F.
    Tel: 55 5543-2447
    Fax: 55-5543-5450
    Email: prayecto.pdeundese.mexico@gmail.com
    Internet: http://www.pideundeseo.org

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 8/17/2007
    Copyright 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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