What is Lesch Nyhan Syndrome?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jun 28, 2011
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Lesch-Nyhan syndrome (LNS) is a rare, inherited disorder caused by a deficiency of the enzyme hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT).

 

Lesch-Nyhan syndrome (LNS) is an X-linked recessive disease-- the gene is carried by the mother and passed on to her son.  LNS is present at birth in baby boys.  The lack of HPRT causes a build-up of uric acid in all body fluids, and leads to symptoms such as severe gout, poor muscle control, and moderate retardation, which appear in the first year of life.

 


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