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Metabolism

How our bodies make energy

Metabolism refers to how our bodies make energy from the fats, carbohydrates and proteins we eat. Enzymes in the body’s cells help convert the food into energy. When enzymes have an inherited error, sometimes called a mutation, it may affect metabolism or cause a metabolic disease.

Minnesota's source of diagnosis and treatment of inborn errors of metabolism

University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital metabolic disorder specialists study how the body produces and converts energy. We have the first program in Minnesota that diagnoses and cares for patients with inborn errors of metabolism. Some inherited metabolic disorders can be detected during newborn screenings, but other disorders may not become an issue until adulthood.

Our team of physicians, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors and dieticians work together to evaluate, diagnose, and manage a wide range of conditions. We provide genetic counseling, prenatal diagnosis, newborn genetic screening, nutrition services and infusion therapy.

A team of compassionate, skilled providers is ready to help you and your child understand the metabolic condition and move toward health management.
A care team customized for your child

Your child’s metabolic care includes a customized team of providers:
  • Physician specialists in genetics and metabolism
  • Genetic counselor
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Newborn screening coordinator
  • Pediatric subspecialists as needed from neonatology, oncology, craniofacial, cardiology and others

Conditions we treat
  • Failure-to-thrive issues, or low weight relative to age
  • Growth abnormalities
  • Hypoglycemia, low blood sugar
  • Metabolic disorders
    • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
    • Amino acid disorders
    • Fatty acid oxidation defects
    • Galactosemia
    • Glycogen storage disorders
    • Lysosomal storage disorders, including Tay-Sachs disease
    • Organic acidurias
    • Urea cycle defects

Listen to thepodcast, "Focus on Dayton, Ohio", for an interview with Jeanine Utz, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS, supporting awareness and treatment of patients who have a rare disease. Even patients with rare diseases, like young Armand mentioned in the interview, receive the benefits of research and leading-edge treatments at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.

Care Team

Genetic Counseling

Nutrition

Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.
 
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