What is galactosemia?

Also known as: GALT deficiency.

A rare genetic metabolic disorder that affects an individual's ability to metabolize the sugar galactose properly. Galactose is a sugar that’s present in milk and dairy products. The body converts it into glucose in order to use it. When the body is not able to break down and use galactose, this condition is known as galactosemia.

Reviewed by: Parul B Jayakar, MD

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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