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What is Hunter syndrome (MPS II)?

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Hunter syndrome, also called mucopolysaccharidosis II or MPS II, is a rare disease that's passed on in families. It mainly affects boys. Their bodies can't break down a kind of sugar that builds bones, skin, tendons, and other tissue. Those sugars build up in their cells and damage many parts of the body, including the brain. Exactly what happens is different for every person.

When your son has Hunter syndrome, there are things you can do to help him play, have friends, and do some of the things that other kids do, even though he may look different from his pals.

Although there is no cure for Hunter syndrome, there are ways to help manage it and live with the symptoms.

From: Hunter Syndrome (MPS II) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Multidisciplinary Management of Hunter Syndrome."

Mucopolysaccharide & Related Diseases Society Australia: "A Guide to Understanding Hunter Syndrome (mucopolysaccharidosis type II; MPS II)."

National MPS Society: "MPS II;" "Daily Living with MPS and Related Diseases;" and "A Guide to Understanding MPS II."

NIH National Library of Medicine: "Mucopolysaccharidosis type II."

Wraith, J. , March 2008. European Journal of Pediatrics

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 18, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Multidisciplinary Management of Hunter Syndrome."

Mucopolysaccharide & Related Diseases Society Australia: "A Guide to Understanding Hunter Syndrome (mucopolysaccharidosis type II; MPS II)."

National MPS Society: "MPS II;" "Daily Living with MPS and Related Diseases;" and "A Guide to Understanding MPS II."

NIH National Library of Medicine: "Mucopolysaccharidosis type II."

Wraith, J. , March 2008. European Journal of Pediatrics

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 18, 2018

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