A 6-month-old infant has been exclusively fed a commercially available infant formula. Upon introduction of fruit juices, however, the child develops jaundice, hepatomegaly, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, and seizures. Tests for urine-reducing substances are positive. Which of the following is likely to explain this child’s condition?

a. Tyrosinosis

b. Galactosemia

c. Fructosemia

d. a1-antitrypsin

e. Glucose-6-phosphatase deficiency

the answer is below…

The United States Medical Licensing Examination, or USMLE for short, is a three-part licensing examination that is required in order to receive a license to practice medicine within the United States.

The USMLE assesses a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to determine fundamental patient-centered skills that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care.Examination committees composed of medical educators and clinicians from across the United States and its territories prepare the examination materials each year.

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Medical doctors with an M.D. degree are required to pass this examination before being permitted to practice medicine in the United States of America

The answer is c; Fructosemia.[1-3]

The patient in the question likely has fructosemia, manifest only when fructose in fruit juice is provided in the diet. Galactosemia, fructosemia, tyrosinosis, and glucose-6-phosphatase deficiency represent diseases in which a congenital deficiency of enzyme causes an interruption of a normal metabolic pathway and an accumulation of metabolic precursors that damage vital organs. Galactosemia (found in milk) and fructosemia (found in fruit juices) produce urinary-reducing substances. The mode of inheritance of galactosemia, fructosemia, and most forms of glucose-6-phosphatase deficiency is autosomal recessive. In galactosemia and fructosemia, errors in carbohydrate metabolism cause the accumulation of toxic metabolites when specific dietary sugars are introduced (lactose in galactosemia; fructose and sucrose in fructosemia). Exclusion of the offending carbohydrate from the diet will prevent liver damage. In tyrosinemia type I, or tyrosinosis, the accumulation of tyrosine and its metabolites is associated with severe involvement of liver, kidney, and central nervous system (CNS). Manifestations of acute liver failure can appear in infancy. A chronic form of the disorder presents as progressive cirrhosis and leads to liver failure or hepatoma. Dietary management does not prevent liver disease. Glucose-6-phosphatase deficiency often presents at 3 to 4 months of age with failure to thrive, hypoglycemia, hepatomegaly, and acidosis. Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency causes liver disease through accumulation of an abnormal protein, caused by a single amino acid substitution on chromosome 14. It has a variable presentation, but the following are common in infancy: cholestasis; bleeding into the CNS, GI tract, or at the umbilical stump; and elevation of transaminase concentrations. In childhood, a picture of chronic hepatitis with cirrhosis and portal hypertension is seen.