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Eur J Pediatr. 1993 Jan;152(1):36-43.

Long-term outcome in 134 patients with galactosaemia.

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Department of Paediatric Nephrology and Metabolic Disorders, Children's Hospital, Medical School Hannover, Federal Republic of Germany.


In a retrospective study 134 galactosaemic patients, born between 1955 and 1989 in the Federal Republic of Germany were traced and their long-term outcome evaluated. We investigated 83 galactosaemic patients (78 homozygotes, 5 compound heterozygotes) by clinical, psychometric and laboratory testing; 31 patients were evaluated by medical history, the remaining 20 patients had died due to sequelae of the underlying disease. In 48 out of 78 classical galactosaemia patients galactose-free therapy had been started before the 15th day, in 19 between days 15 and 56 and in 11 patients after the 56th day. Physical findings revealed that puberty was delayed in 1 out of 18 males and 6 out of 11 females. Neurological abnormalities included ataxia (n = 6), intention tremor (n = 11) and microcephaly (n = 10). Speech abnormalities were found in 43 out of 66 patients over 3 years of age and disturbance of visual perception and/or arithmetic deficits in 29. Intelligence declined with age, i.e., a DQ or IQ less than 85 was found in 4 out of 34 patients less than 6 years of age (12%), in 10 out of 18 between 7 and 12 years (56%) and in 20 out of 24 older than 12 years (83%). Metabolite patterns (RBC galactose-1-phosphate and UDP-galactose, plasma and urinary galactitol) did not correlate with DQ or IQ. Dietary compliance was good in almost all patients. Compound heterozygotes (n = 5) had normal mental and growth development and all laboratory parameters were in the normal range.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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