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Lesch Nyhan Syndrome Underlying Cause

Lesch Nyhan Syndrome is an inherited disorder that only occurs in males. The body produces excess uric acid, which causes gout, kidney stones and kidney failure. The cause for the growth retardation, abnormal movements and abnormal behavior is unknown.

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Last Updated: May 23, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Lesch Nyhan Syndrome References
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