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The term Maple Syrup Urine Disease includes a range of classic and variant types of the disorder. The symptoms of classic MSUD are usually evident within the first week of life and include a poor appetite, irritability, and the characteristic odor of the urine. Within days, the infants may lose their sucking reflex and grow listless, have a high-pitched cry, and become limp with episodes of rigidity. Without diagnosis and treatment, symptoms progress rapidly to seizures, coma, and death. Variant forms of MSUD are milder, but the symptoms can be severe during an illness and lead to a metabolic crisis. In variant types, failure to thrive may be the first symptom noticed.













My Trip To Israel

I met Avi, Dikla, and Tamar Starr last year at the MSUD Symposium in Raleigh, NC. Tamar, classic MSUD, was 2 ½ at the time, and they invited me to come to Israel and stay with them for a year.

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Galen Carrington Classic MSUD age 27

Galen Carrington is a 27 year old Indiana resident who has classic MSUD. He underwent liver transplantation 5 years ago at Children’s Hospital

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Fundraising

In the 2016 survey of the membership of the MSUD Family Support Group, research for improved treatments and potential cure was rated “most important” by 90% of the responding members.

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Sweet Odyssey

Artur Santos was born on January 18, 2002, the second son of Soraya and Idario Santos. They never imagined how their lives were about change as the second baby arrived.

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I want to help out, but I don’t know how

Have you ever wanted to help out the MSUD Family Support Group but were unsure about how to contribute? The MSUD Family Support Group is actively looking for volunteers to assist with advocacy and fundraising efforts.

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Advocacy

As our legislators headed home for their August break, Rare Disease Legislative Advocates got busy.

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