Medical Information on Urea Cycle Disorders

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Liver Transplantation for Urea Cycle Disorders: Presentation by liver specialist, Emily Perito, MD, MAS, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Benioff Children's Hospital, University of California, San Francisco.


Optimizing Nutrition to Improve Health in UCDs:  The UCD diet is one of the pillars of management. UCD expert dietician, Debra Hook, explains the basics, provides healthy choices, and how to manipulate the diet to to improve stability and overall health.


Straight Talk about Thinking Straight: Children and adults with UCD often have problems with executive function (cognition, focus, etc.) due to alterations in brain chemistry caused by the disorder. This video explains these effects and provides helpful information to improve function.

Effects of High Glutamine Levels on Outcome: Elevated glutamine levels are a sign of metabolic instability that can negatively affect brain function and performance, and lead to elevated ammonia levels. Dr. Uta Lichter reports on the results of a recent study.

When Food is Medicine; Oral Feeding Principles for Families Considering    G-tubes: Children with UCD commonly experience feeding issues that contribute to metabolic instability. This video explores oral feeding principles and the common questions and issues parents have when making decisions about G-tube placement.

UCD Research: Urea Cycle Nutrition and Immunity Study

Dr. Peter McGuire outlines this important study to investigate the effects of the UCD diet on immune response. The study is currently enrolling participants (download study flyer)


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Baby Steps -- Learn the Signs, Act Early: Helps parents measure their children's developmental progress by monitoring how they play, learn, speak and act. Early recognition of developmental disabilities is critical for obtaining early intervention for children with urea cycle disorders.

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