APRT deficiency may be totally benign or life threatening. The importance of early recognition/diagnosis is thus stressed. Urolithiasis (2,8-DHA stones: the precipitating factor in all cases) is treatable. With early recognition and treatment allopurinol without alkali and a diet low in purine homozygotes have remained clinically and biochemically normal to date. 'Uric acid' stones in children must always be suspect and subjected to sophisticated analysis. Diagnosis from red cell APRT activity may also have its pitfalls.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)