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How to Treat Alkaptonuria?


Medical Treatment:
  • Alkaptonuria is a lifelong condition -there is no current specific treatment or cure.
  • However, a medicine called nitisinone has shown some promise, and painkillers and lifestyle changes may help you cope with the symptoms.
  • If the condition is diagnosed in childhood, it may be possible to slow its progression by restricting protein in the diet, as this may reduce levels of tyrosine and phenylalanine in your body.
  • People with alkaptonuria have a normal life expectancy. However, they will usually experience severe symptoms, such as pain and loss of movement in the joints, which considerably affect the quality of life.
  • Working and carrying out strenuous physical activity will usually become very difficult, and eventually you, may need mobility aids such as a wheelchair to get around.