Argininemia (ARG) is a condition that causes harmful amounts of arginine and ammonia to build up in the body. It is considered an amino acid condition because people affected with ARG are unable to break down an amino acid known as arginine. Arginine is a small molecule that makes up proteins. ARG is also called a urea cycle condition. This name is used to describe conditions that cause ammonia to accumulate in the body. If untreated, ARG can cause muscle problems and developmental delay. However, if the condition is detected early and proper treatment is initiated, individuals with ARG can often lead healthy lives.
This condition is also known as: arginase deficiency, ARG1 deficiency, arginase deficiency disease, hyperargininemia.
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