Molybdenum deficiency

An autosomal recessive condition that is caused by mutation(s) in the MOCS1 gene, encoding molybdenum cofactor biosynthesis protein 1. it is characterized by poor feeding, encephalopathy, seizures and dysmorphic facial features.

Symptoms of Molybdenum deficiency

The following features are indicative of Molybdenum deficiency:
  • tachycardia
  • headache
  • mental disturbances
  • coma

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Common Causes of Molybdenum deficiency

The following are the most common causes of Molybdenum deficiency:
  • low amount of molybdenum in body

Prevention of Molybdenum deficiency

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Molybdenum deficiency.

Occurrence of Molybdenum deficiency

Common Age Group

Molybdenum deficiency most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • At birth

Common Gender

Molybdenum deficiency can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Molybdenum deficiency

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Molybdenum deficiency:
  • Transcriptome analysis: To check for Mo deficiency impacting involved genes

Complications of Molybdenum deficiency if untreated

Yes, Molybdenum deficiency causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Molybdenum deficiency is left untreated:
  • can be fatal
  • severe developmental delay
  • child unable to learn to sit
  • child unable to learn to speak
  • mental retardation
  • neurologic problems
  • ocular lens dislocation

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 8/23/2019.
This page provides information for Molybdenum deficiency.

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