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What are metal metabolism disorders?

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Levels of trace metals in the blood are controlled by special proteins. Inherited metabolic disorders can mean these proteins don't work the way they should and toxic metals can build up in your body:

  • Wilson disease (toxic copper levels build up in your liver, brain, and other organs)
  • Hemochromatosis (the intestines take in too much iron, which builds up in your liver, pancreas, joints, and heart, causing damage)

From: Inherited Metabolic Disorders WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fleisher, G. Lippincott, Wilkins & Wilkins, 2006. Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine,

Scriver, C. McGraw-Hill, 2001. Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease,

McMillan, J. , Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2006. Oski's Pediatrics: Principles and Practice

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on November 1, 2018

SOURCES:

Fleisher, G. Lippincott, Wilkins & Wilkins, 2006. Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine,

Scriver, C. McGraw-Hill, 2001. Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease,

McMillan, J. , Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2006. Oski's Pediatrics: Principles and Practice

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on November 1, 2018

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