Diagnosing GA1

At around five days old, babies are now offered newborn blood spot screening to check if they have GA1. This involves pricking your babys heel to collect drops of blood to test.

If GA1 is diagnosed, treatment can be given straight away to reduce the risk of serious complications.

With early diagnosis and the correct treatment, the majority of children with GA1 are able to live normal, healthy lives. However, treatment for GA1 must be continued for life.

Without treatment, severe and life-threatening symptoms can develop, including seizures (fits) or falling into a Coma . Some children with untreated GA1 are also at risk of brain damage, which can affect muscle movement. Thismay lead to problems with walking, talking and swallowing.

Around 1 in 100,000 children worldwide are thought to be affected by GA1.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018