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How does galactosemia lead to cirrhosis?

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Children born with galactosemia lack an enzyme needed to digest a component of milk sugar. The component, galactose builds up in the liver at levels that become toxic and potentially fatal without proper treatment. Infants with this disorder should be taken off milk and given a substitute formula that does not contain galactose.

From: Cirrhosis and Your Liver WebMD Medical Reference

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American Liver Foundation. 

Life Extension Foundation. 

CDC. 

National Center for Health Statistics.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 15, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Liver Foundation. 

Life Extension Foundation. 

CDC. 

National Center for Health Statistics.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 15, 2019

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