This is a disorder caused by the deficiency of phenylalanine hydroxylase hence the patient is unable to digest phenylalanine . In severe cases, a build up of phenylalanine in the body can lead to brain damage and mental retardation. This condition can also cause eczema and pigment defects resulting in lighter tone of skin . Sufferers of this disorder should be placed on a low phenylalanine diet to minimise effects of the condition .
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