Alkaptonuria

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Alkaptonuria

Alkaptonuria is an inherited condition that causes urine to turn black when exposed to air. Ochronosis, a buildup of dark pigment in connective tissues such as cartilage and skin, is also characteristic of the disorder. This blue-black pigmentation usually appears after age 30. People with alkaptonuria typically develop arthritis, particularly in the spine and large joints, beginning in early adulthood. Other features of this condition can include heart problems, kidney stones, and prostate stones. Alkaptonuria is caused by mutations in the HGD gene. It is inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion.
 

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AKU Society

The AKU Society is a patient group that helps and supports people diagnosed with AKU. We work in the UK and Europe. In the UK we help to coordinate the National AKU Centre, a treatment centre based in Liverpool, and we have recently launched an International Clinical Trial of a potential new treatment, nitisinone.

Last Updated: 22 Mar 2013

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AKU Society of North America

The AKU Society of North America is a non-profit organization that focuses on improving the quality of life of AKU patients and their families by providing education, resources, and opportunities for interaction for patients, families, and physicians associated with alkaptonuria (AKU). The Society will raise funds for support of research, education, and meetings to advance knowledge of the disease and possibilities for treatment of AKU. Funds will be raised through solicitation of donations and application for grants.

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Alkaptonuria" for support, advocacy or research.

AKU Society

The AKU Society is a patient group that helps and supports people diagnosed with AKU. We work in the UK and Europe. In the UK we help to coordinate the National AKU Centre, a treatment centre based in Liverpool, and we have recently launched an International Clinical Trial of a potential new treatment, nitisinone.

http://www.akusociety.org

Last Updated: 22 Mar 2013

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AKU Society of North America

The AKU Society of North America is a non-profit organization that focuses on improving the quality of life of AKU patients and their families by providing education, resources, and opportunities for interaction for patients, families, and physicians associated with alkaptonuria (AKU). The Society will raise funds for support of research, education, and meetings to advance knowledge of the disease and possibilities for treatment of AKU. Funds will be raised through solicitation of donations and application for grants.

http://www.akusocietyna.org/

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2013

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The terms "Alkaptonuria" returned 61 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Spontaneous Achilles tendon rupture in alkaptonuria.
 

Author(s): Omar A Alajoulin, Mohammed S Alsbou, Somayya O Ja'afreh, Heba M Kalbouneh

Journal: Saudi Med J. 2015 Dec;36(12):1486-9.

 

Alkaptonuria (AKU) is a rare inborn metabolic disease characterized by accumulation of homogentisic acid (HGA). Excretion of HGA in urine causes darkening of urine and its deposition in connective tissues causes dark pigmentation (ochronosis), early degeneration of articular cartilage, ...

Last Updated: 1 Dec 2015

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Diagnosis of secondary amyloidosis in alkaptonuria.
 

Author(s): Lia Millucci, Lorenzo Ghezzi, Giulia Bernardini, Daniela Braconi, Pietro Lupetti, Federico Perfetto, Maurizio Orlandini, Annalisa Santucci

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Alkaptonuria (AKU) is an inborn error of catabolism due to a deficient activity of homogentisate 1,2-dioxygenase. Patients suffer from a severe arthropathy, cardiovascular and kidney disease but other organs are affected, too. We found secondary amyloidosis as a life-threatening complication ...

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2015

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Alkaptonuria--first inborn error of metabolism known for a century and new treatment option--preliminary report.
 

Author(s): Jolanta Sykut-Cegielska

Journal: Dev Period Med. ;19(4):508-10.

 

Alkaptonuria is a rare inborn error of metabolism, identified over a century ago. But its basic pathomechanism (i.e. ochronosis) is still not completely explained. Though clinical onset of osteoarthropathy and complications from other organs (including: heart and blood vessels, skin, ...

Last Updated: 17 Mar 2016

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The terms "Alkaptonuria" returned 3 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Lumbar disc herniation in a patient of alkaptonuria: case report and review of literature.
 

Author(s): Prasad Krishnan, Siddhartha Roy Chowdhury

Journal: Neurol India. ;60(6):667-9.

 

Last Updated: 4 Jan 2013

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Aortic valve ochronosis: a rare manifestation of alkaptonuria.
 

Author(s): Christina Maria Steger

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Alkaptonuric ochronosis is a heritable disorder of tyrosine metabolism, with various systemic abnormalities related to pigment deposition and degeneration of collagen and other tissues, including the heart and aorta. A 65-year-old woman with alkaptonuric ochronosis and a history of ...

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2012

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Are we ready to try to cure alkaptonuria?
 

Author(s): B N La Du

Journal: Am. J. Hum. Genet.. 1998 Apr;62(4):765-7.

 

Last Updated: 10 Jun 1998

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Study of Alkaptonuria
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alkaptonuria

 

Last Updated: 13 Oct 2016

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