Molecules that make up proteins.
Ammonia is made as a waste product when the body digests protein.
Also known as ammonia-scavenging drugs (or nitrogen-scavenging drugs), these drugs help clear ammonia from the body and prevent the buildup of ammonia.
Amino acid supplements
Amino acid supplements are nutritional supplements, such as L-citrulline or L-arginine. The doctor may have you or your loved one take nutritional supplements with amino acids as part of the treatment plan.
Biochemical geneticists are genetic specialists who study DNA and cell development.
Dietitians are experts in identifying the right foods and diet based on medical conditions or body type.
Essential amino acids
Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body. As a result, they must come from diet.
Genetic counselors are genetic specialists who focus on how genes are passed down.
A UCD treatment that is a liquid and is measured and taken with or after meals. You should speak with the doctor to determine if this treatment is right for you or your loved one.
A procedure that helps the body filter toxins and extra fluid from your blood when your kidneys are not performing as well as they should be.
Any increase in ammonia in the blood that is higher than normal.
Hyperammonemic crises (HACs) happen when blood ammonia levels are too high. An HAC is a serious emergency that can result in brain damage or even death.
An inherited disorder means it is passed down through your genes, and you are born with it.
Intensivists are people who take care of someone who is critically ill.
Laboratory technicians work in a laboratory performing procedures and running tests.
The only known “cure” for UCD is a liver transplant, which is a surgery that removes and replaces the liver with another one. This surgery carries significant life-threatening risk and may not completely fix all issues associated with UCD.
Nephrologists are doctors who work to keep the kidneys healthy.
UCD treatments that help clear ammonia from the body and prevent the buildup of ammonia.
Neuropsychologists specialize in the relationship between brain and behavior.
Nurses work with doctors and healthcare professionals and are trained to give medical care to people who need it.
Pharmacists specialize in the right way to use, store, preserve, and provide medicine.
A protein-restricted diet is 1 of 3 key components in the treatment of UCDs; it limits the amount of protein eaten and balances it with growth requirements.
A UCD treatment that is approved in the US only in a medication with sodium phenylacetate for injection through a catheter placed in a central vein.
A UCD treatment that is prescribed as tablets or as powder that you can mix with foods or liquids. Both are taken with meals. You should speak with the doctor to determine if this treatment is right
for you or your loved one.
Transplant surgeons are a type of surgeon who specialize in transplanting one person’s organs into another person’s body.
Urea is the waste produced by the body that kidneys help filter out through urine.
The urea cycle is the process that turns harmful ammonia, which is created when the body digests protein, into urea so that the body can get rid of it through urine.
Urea cycle disorders
Urea cycle disorders (UCDs) are a group of rare inherited disorders. In people with UCDs, the process that turns toxic ammonia into urea so that the body can get rid of it through urine is not working correctly.