Risk of serious illness in heterozygotes for ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency.


Ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency is an X-linked disorder associated with hyperammonemia. Heterozygous females have variable clinical expression, ranging from asymptomatic illness to recurrent episodes of hyperammonemic coma. We studied 17 OTC-deficient kindreds containing 114 women at risk for heterozygosity. Sixty-one of these women were… (More)


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