Aspects of Psychological Care of Patients with Phenylketonuria

Authors: L. Vaďurová 1;  S. Šťastná 1;  J. Hyánek 1,2
Authors‘ workplace: Ústav dědičných metabolických poruch VFN a 1. LF UK, Praha1 přednosta prof. MUDr. M. Elleder, DrSc. Oddělení klinické biochemie, hematologie a imunologie, Nemocnice Na Homolce, Praha2 primář prof. MUDr. J. Hyánek, DrSc.
Published in: Čes-slov Pediat 2003; (7): 441-446.


Psychological care is the necessary part of complex lifetime care of patients with phenylketonuria/hyperphenylalaninemia(PKU/HPA). The aim of the article is to summarize long-time experience of the clinical psychologistwith care of the group of 14 women with PKU/HPA in the critical periods of their life, with emphasis on the periodof preconception care and pregnancy. Superior psychological care improves dietary compliance of patients withPKU/HPA and reduces risk of phenylalanine embryopathy or fetopathy in embryo and fetus.

Key words:
phenylketonuria, hyperphenylalaninemia, psychology, anxiety, compliance

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