Treatment for an inherited metabolic disorder depends on the type and severity, how much the disorder affects body or brain functions, options for participating in a clinical trial and other considerations. Because there are so many types of inherited metabolic disorders, treatment recommendations may vary considerably — from dietary restrictions, certain vitamins or other therapies to medication or surgery.
Mayo Clinic also offers:
- Other assessments and treatments. Certain inherited metabolic disorders may also increase risk of other conditions, such as heart, vision or hearing problems. For those at risk of developing such problems, the doctor may recommend regular heart, vision or hearing checkups and treatments.
- Supportive care. For some inherited metabolic disorders, such as Tay-Sachs disease, currently there is no cure. In these cases, Mayo Clinic provides supportive care for children and their families in coordination with their local health providers.