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The term Maple Syrup Urine Disease includes a range of classic and variant types of the disorder. The symptoms of classic MSUD are usually evident within the first week of life and include a poor appetite, irritability, and the characteristic odor of the urine. Within days, the infants may lose their sucking reflex and grow listless, have a high-pitched cry, and become limp with episodes of rigidity. Without diagnosis and treatment, symptoms progress rapidly to seizures, coma, and death. Variant forms of MSUD are milder, but the symptoms can be severe during an illness and lead to a metabolic crisis. In variant types, failure to thrive may be the first symptom noticed.













Galen Carrington Classic MSUD age 27

Galen Carrington is a 27 year old Indiana resident who has classic MSUD. He underwent liver transplantation 5 years ago at Children’s Hospital

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My Trip To Israel

I met Avi, Dikla, and Tamar Starr last year at the MSUD Symposium in Raleigh, NC. Tamar, classic MSUD, was 2 ½ at the time, and they invited me to come to Israel and stay with them for a year.

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Cambrooke Foods Hosts Local Event

Cambrooke has been doing cooking demonstrations, social meet ups and educational events for patients, their families and the clinician’s that support them for many years.

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Sweet Odyssey

Artur Santos was born on January 18, 2002, the second son of Soraya and Idario Santos. They never imagined how their lives were about change as the second baby arrived.

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From The Editor

Hello to my MSUD family! The power of this family hit home this summer, when Hannah (Classic MSUD age 23 years) and I visited Israel.

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Metformin As A Possible Therapeutic Agent In The Treatment Of MSUD

The MSUD Family Support Group has provided funds to Buck Institute for its preliminary studies investigating metformin

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