Employer plan claims that metabolic formula is considered food supplement / baby formula and is excluded from plan.Read more
3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA lyase deficiency (also known as HMG-CoA lyase deficiency) is an uncommon inherited disorder in which the body cannot process a particular protein building block (amino acid) called leucine. Additionally, the disorder prevents the body from making ketones, which are compounds that are used for energy during periods without food (fasting).
The signs and symptoms of HMG-CoA lyase deficiency usually appear within the first year of life. The condition causes episodes of vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, extreme tiredness (lethargy), and weak muscle tone (hypotonia). During an episode, blood sugar levels can become dangerously low (hypoglycemia), and a buildup of harmful compounds can cause the blood to become too acidic (metabolic acidosis). If untreated, the disorder can lead to breathing problems, convulsions, coma, and death. Episodes are often triggered by an infection, fasting, strenuous exercise, or other types of stress.
Ian, Age 12
On top of the cost of formula, I have to buy specialty foods amounting to about $200 per month plus regular grocery store items for my son, fresh fruits and vegetables. Plus groceries for rest of family. My son will then age out of coverage per current policies. I worry about what will happen, will he have an occupation that will allow him to manage the cost?Read more