Mol Genet Metab 2019 01 11;126(1):6-13. Epub 2018 Dec 11.
Medical Genetics Service, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Neurology Service, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Internal Medicine Department, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Postgraduate program in Medicine: Medical Sciences, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Electronic address:
Menkes disease is a rare X-linked neurodegenerative disorder caused by defect in copper metabolism. Parenteral copper supplementation has been used as a potential disease-modifying treatment of Menkes disease for decades. However, recent evidence suggests its efficacy only when treatment is started within days after birth, which also has important implications related to the techniques that enable early diagnosis. Read More