Phenylketonuria among mentally disabled patients in Libya

Original article


Kamila El-Rafifi, Abdullmajid Aborawi, Salem Michael Krawinkel

Aljala Hospital, tripoli, libya

JMJ Vol. 2. No.1 [March] 2002: 77-78


A total of 544 mentally disabled patients admitted to 7 institutions for mentally handicapped in Libya were tested for phenylketonuria (PUK). Seven patients discovered to suffer from phenylketonuria, all of them are severely mentally retarded. Among them were 2 families with more then one affected patients. Our study insists for the initiation of the newborn screening.

Keywords: Hyperphenylalaninaemia, Phenylketonuria, Mental retardation.