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How is a urea cycle disorder (UCD) treated?

To treat a urea cycle disorder (UCD), it's important to have the right food balance so that ammonia doesn’t keep building up in the body and cause more problems. People with a UCD might take supplements and powerhouse formulas, which are types of food that help to make sure the body gets all the energy and nutrients it needs. Sticking to the diet is the best way to avoid problems. The medical team will keep a close eye on the amount of ammonia in the body by regular blood checks.

People with a UCD may also need medicine to help get rid of the ammonia. The medicine may be taken as a powder, tablet or liquid. If people aren't able to swallow the medicine, they may get it through a tube that goes straight into the stomach.

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