Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Alcaptonuria Treatment

Treatment for alcaptonuria focuses on reducing the production of the toxic substances produced by the body. Since there is no cure for alcaptonuria, a person requires life-long therapy. Treatment includes medication, vitamin C supplements, and a diet that is low in phenylalanine and tyrosine.

Treatment for alcaptonuria may include:

  • Vitamin C supplements:
    • Reduces the production of toxic substances
  • Special diet that restricts the intake of phenylalanine and tyrosine:
    • Reduces the levels of building blocks for the toxic substances
  • Enzyme inhibitors:

Alcaptonuria Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat alcaptonuria:

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Last Updated: Feb 21, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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