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Can inherited metabolic disorders be prevented?

Inherited metabolic disorders are the result of a genetic mutation, which makes prevention virtually impossible. The gene defect responsible for inherited metabolic disorders usually passes from both parents to their child, although some are linked to the X chromosome and may be passed from a mother to her children (boys will be affected most strongly). Family members of patients with inherited metabolic disorders can receive genetic testing to determine if they may be carriers of the disorder, too.

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