Have You Heard of Maple Syrup Urine Disease? Probably Not, but It Actually Exists!

Posted on Oct 05, 2016

You'd think people would celebrate the fact that their children's urine smelled like maple syrup instead of... well, what it usually smells like. But no, doctors say that urine that has the scent of maple syrup is actually a sign of a very serious disease. Maple syrup urine disease or branched-chain ketoaciduria is also quite a bizarre condition. Read on to find out more!

This Disease Is Usually Diagnosed Because a Baby Has a Sweet Smelling Urine

This Disease Is Usually Diagnosed Because a Baby Has a Sweet Smelling Urine
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Urine Is Mentioned in the Name of the Disease, but Earwax Can Also Have the Same Smell

Urine Is Mentioned in the Name of the Disease, but Earwax Can Also Have the Same Smell
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It's Usually Diagnosed in Newborn Babies, but It's so Rare That It Can Be Missed and Diagnosed Later

It's Usually Diagnosed in Newborn Babies, but It's so Rare That It Can Be Missed and Diagnosed Later
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This Condition Is a Homozygous Recessive, so Both Moms and Dads Have to Be Carriers in Order for a Child Do Get the Disease

This Condition Is a Homozygous Recessive, so Both Moms and Dads Have to Be Carriers in Order for a Child Do Get the Disease
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People Who Suffer from This Disease Miss an Enzyme Branched-Chain

People Who Suffer from This Disease Miss an Enzyme Branched-Chain
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That's Why They End up with an Excess of Isoleucine, Valine, and Leucine That Causes Seizures, Possibly a Coma, and Even, Death

That's Why They End up with an Excess of Isoleucine, Valine, and Leucine That Causes Seizures, Possibly a Coma, and Even, Death
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Also, Patients Suffering from MSUD Can Vomit, Have Hypoglycemia, Often Suffer from Pancreatitis and Neurological Decline

Also, Patients Suffering from MSUD Can Vomit, Have Hypoglycemia, Often Suffer from Pancreatitis and Neurological Decline
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Children with MSUD Have to Have Their Blood Taken Often to Monitor the Disease

Children with MSUD Have to Have Their Blood Taken Often to Monitor the Disease
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These Kids Have to Avoid Eating Anything That Contains These Amino Acids so Their Diet Have to Be Extremely Strict

These Kids Have to Avoid Eating Anything That Contains These Amino Acids so Their Diet Have to Be Extremely Strict
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This Kind of Makes You Reconsider Eating Those Pancakes, Doesn't It?

This Kind of Makes You Reconsider Eating Those Pancakes, Doesn't It?
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