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Closing the gap between individuals remaining un/misdiagnosed and those with an accurate diagnosis

Inherited metabolic disorders are frequently considered too rare for inclusion in the primary differential and the wide variety of clinical manifestations inherent in these conditions augments the protracted diagnostic odyssey. Heretofore diagnostic algorithms, more often than not, do not fully inform on disease course, adding further to the diagnostic confusion.

As new, proposed treatments and cascade testing of family members pervade the inherited metabolic disease space, early diagnosis along with accompanying prognosis become increasingly important. Evidence garnered to date has taught us that the efficacy of any therapy will rely heavily upon early detection for treatment initiation before the onset of irreversible pathology.

Contemporary advances in scientific methodologies have benefited from not only an increase in our understanding of the biochemistry of these disorders but also technological progress in laboratory instrumentation. Indeed, the discovery of biomarkers is already making an impact and will undoubtedly lead to improvements in the efficiency of diagnosis.

The Paediatric Resource Centre will charter the latest developments along the trajectory towards timely and accurate diagnoses, closing the gap between individuals remaining un/misdiagnosed and those with an accurate diagnosis. It is a most exciting time to be commenting in this field as new technologies, such as mass spectrometry, facilitate this goal.

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Molecular Genetics and Metabolism is a contribution to the understanding of the metabolic basis of disease. The journal publishes articles describing investigations that use the tools of biochemistry and molecular biology for studies of normal and diseased states. In addition to original research articles, occasional minireviews reporting timely advances as well as brief communications and letters to the editor are considered.


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