Medical Dictionary: Mucopolysaccharidosis


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Mucopolysaccharidosis: Another name for Mucopolysaccharidoses.
Mucopolysaccharidosis (condition): Group of diseases affecting metabolism of mucopolysaccharides.

Mucopolysaccharidosis: Mucopolysaccharidoses consist of a group of inherited metabolic disorders caused by a deficiency of the specific lysosomal enzymes needed to break down mucopolysaccharides. Mucopolysaccharides are long chains of sugar molecules used to build connective tissues and organs in the body. When mutations occur in the genes for the enzymes involved in the normal turnover of mucopolysaccharides, excess amounts of them are stored in the body, causing progressive damage and, in most cases, eventual death. 1

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1. excerpt from NINDS Mucopolysaccharidoses Information Page: NINDS

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