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Menke's disease is a rare problem of copper malabsorption in male infants. In this condition, which can often be fatal, decreased intestinal absorption causes copper to accumulate in the intestinal lining. Inherited copper deficiency (Menkes' syndrome) occurs in male infants who have inherited a mutant X-linked gene, with an incidence of about 1 in 50,000 live births. Clinically, the disorder is characterized by severe mental retardation, sparse, steely, or kinky hair and a number of other abnormalities, some of which can be correlated with deficiencies of specific copper proteins. No clearly effective therapy is known.


Conditions that suggest Menke's disease:
Nutrients  Copper Deficiency

Menke's disease can lead to:
Nutrients  Copper Deficiency

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