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Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency


Synonyms of Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency
  • Nonspherocytic Hemolytic Anemia, Congenital with low PK Kinetics

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Red cell pyruvate kinase deficiency is a hereditary blood disorder characterized by a deficiency of the enzyme pyruvate kinase. Physical findings associated with the disorder may include reduced levels of oxygen-carrying hemoglobulin in the blood due to premature destruction of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia); abnormally increased levels of bilirubin in the blood (hyperbilirubinemia); abnormal enlargement of the spleen (splenomegaly); and/or other abnormalities. Pyruvate kinase deficiency is inherited as an autosomal recessive genetic trait. It is one of a group of diseases known as hereditary nonspherocytic hemolytic anemias. (Nonspherocytic refers to the fact that the red blood cells do not assume a spherical shape, as they do with some blood disorders.)

    Organizations related to Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency
    • Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
      PO Box 8126
      Gaithersburg MD 20898-8126
      Phone #: 301-519-3194
      800 #: 888-205-2311
      e-mail: gardinfo@nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.genome.gov/10000409
    • Lactic Acidosis Support Trust
      1A Whitley Close
      Cheshire None CW10 0NQ
      Phone #: 016-068-3719
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: N/A
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • Madisons Foundation
      PO Box 241956
      Los Angeles CA 90024
      Phone #: 310-264-0826
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org
    • NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
      31 Center Drive MSC 2480
      Bethesda MD 20892-2480
      Phone #: 301-592-8573
      800 #: --
      e-mail: nhlbiinfo@rover.nhlbi.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/



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