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Transcript of Morquio Syndrome
referred to as mucopolysaccharidosis, is a rare
disease. Symptoms include:
Abnormal development of bones (including the spine), a bell-shaped chest with ribs flared out at the bottom, coarse facial features, hypermobile joints,
knock-knees, a large head, a short stature with a particularly
short trunk, and widely spaced
teeth. In the story, Freak has Morquio Syndrome.
This disease caused him to have knock-knees and short stature. However, to get this disease, both parents had to pass the defective gene. Freak did not get this disease from his parents. Morquio Syndrome There are two types of Morquio
Syndrome. If you have Type A, you do not have a substance called galactosamine-6-sulfatase. This disease is estimated to occur in 1 of every 200,000 births. Type B occurs when you do not produce enough of an enzyme called beta-galactosidase. Sources: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001206.htm http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/morquio-syndrome/overview.html