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What is a urea cycle disorder (UCD)?

A urea cycle disorder (UCD) is a problem with how the liver handles protein. With a UCD, enzymes in the liver don’t work properly, which means that ammonia cannot be broken down. As ammonia builds up in the blood, it causes problems for the body.

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