Occasionally, people with arginase deficiency have episodes of severe buildup of ammonia in the blood (hyperammonemia). Although rare, these episodes are more likely to occur following a high-
If arginase deficiency is undiagnosed or if the person with the disorder is unable to follow the strict low-protein diet, severe intellectual disability and muscle stiffness may develop, as well as loss of the ability to walk and loss of bladder and bowel control.
This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|80%-99% of people have these symptoms|
Psychiatric disturbances[ more ]
|Global developmental delay||0001263|
|Intellectual disability, severe||
Early and severe mental retardation
Mental retardation, severe
Severe mental retardation[ more ]
|Neurological speech impairment||
Speech impediment[ more ]
|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
High blood ammonia levels
|Progressive spastic quadriplegia||0002478|
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
Mental retardation, nonspecific
Mental-retardation[ more ]
High urine orotic acid levels
|Postnatal growth retardation||
Growth delay as children
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If you need medical advice, you can look for doctors or other healthcare professionals who have experience with this disease. You may find these specialists through advocacy organizations, clinical trials, or articles published in medical journals. You may also want to contact a university or tertiary medical center in your area, because these centers tend to see more complex cases and have the latest technology and treatments.
If you can’t find a specialist in your local area, try contacting national or international specialists. They may be able to refer you to someone they know through conferences or research efforts. Some specialists may be willing to consult with you or your local doctors over the phone or by email if you can't travel to them for care.
You can find more tips in our guide, How to Find a Disease Specialist. We also encourage you to explore the rest of this page to find resources that can help you find specialists.
Research helps us better understand diseases and can lead to advances in diagnosis and treatment. This section provides resources to help you learn about medical research and ways to get involved.
The Urea Cycle Disorders Consortium is a team of doctors, nurses, research coordinators, and research labs throughout the US, working together to improve the lives of people with Urea Cycle Disorders. The Urea Cycle Disorders Consortium maintains a registry for patients who wish to be contacted about clinical research opportunities.
For more information on the registry see: http://rarediseasesnetwork.epi.usf.edu/ucdc/takeaction/index.htm
Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
Living with a genetic or rare disease can impact the daily lives of patients and families. These resources can help families navigate various aspects of living with a rare disease.
These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.
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How is arginase deficiency different from the other urea cycle disorders? See answer
What is the best treatment for a 3 year old who has arginase deficiency? And what is the prognosis? See answer