MPS Needs Special Support

MPS Needs Special SupportMPS Needs Special Support

The president of Rare Diseases Foundation of Iran called for special support to patients with Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS), given its increasing incidence in the country.

“Based on our figures, there are about 300-400 people with one of the six types of MPS living in Iran, but many cases may exist that have not been diagnosed yet,” said Ali Davoodian, ISNA reported.

MPS is a genetic condition caused by the body’s inability to produce specific enzymes. In individuals with MPS and related diseases, the missing or insufficient enzyme prevents the proper recycling process, resulting in the storage of materials in virtually every cell of the body. As a result, cells do not perform properly and may cause progressive damage throughout the body, including the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system and central nervous system.  While the disease may not be apparent at birth, signs and symptoms develop with age as more cells become damaged by the accumulation of cell materials.

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