Mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIA
Other Names for this Disease
- Heparan sulfate sulfatase deficiency
- MPS 3A
- MPS IIIA
- Mucopoly-saccharidosis type 3A
- Sanfilippo syndrome A
 In people with MPS IIIA, the body cannot break down a large sugar molecule called heparin sulfate. Signs and symptoms usually begin in early childhood and include severe neurological symptoms such as progressive dementia, aggressive behavior, hyperactivity, seizures, deafness, loss of vision, and an inability to sleep for more than a few hours at a time. MPS IIIA is caused by mutations in the SGSH gene and is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. There is no specific treatment for MPS IIIA and affected people usually do not survive past the second decade of life.Mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIA (MPS IIIA) is a progressive disorder that affects the central nervous system.
Last updated: 5/5/2014
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