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Ophthalmic findings in classical galactosaemia--prospective study.
  1. B Beigi,
  2. M O'Keefe,
  3. R Bowell,
  4. E Naughten,
  5. N Badawi and
  6. B Lanigan
  1. Department of Paediatric Ophthalmology, Children's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.


    Thirty three children with classical galactosaemia diagnosed through newborn screening are considered. It is concluded that cataract formation has a direct relationship with poor dietary control. Erythrocyte galactose-1-phosphate (Gal-1-P) levels do not correspond to cataract formation unless many times higher than normal. The value of crystalline lens biomicroscopy is confirmed as a useful method for monitoring the dietary and biochemical control in classical galactosaemia.

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