Whole body composition analysis by the BodPod air-displacement plethysmography method in children with Phenylketonuria shows a higher body fat percentage

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Background Phenylketonuria (PKU) causes irreversible central nervous system damage unless a phenylalanine (PHE) restricted diet with amino acid supplementation is maintained. To prevent growth retardation, a protein/amino acid intake beyond the recommended dietary protein allowance is mandatory. However, data regarding disease and/or diet related changes in body composition are inconclusive and retarded growth and/or adiposity is still reported. The BodPod whole body air-displacement plethysmography method is a fast, safe and accurate technique to measure body composition. Aim To gain more insight into the body composition of children with PKU. Methods Patients diagnosed with PKU born between 1991 and 2001 were included. Patients were identified by neonatal screening and treated in our centre. Body composition was measured using the BodPod system (Life Measurement Incorporation


  • Monique Albersen
  • Marjolein Bonthuis
  • Nicole M. De Roos
  • Dorine A.M. Van Den Hurk
  • Ems Carbasius Weber
  • Margriet M.W.B. Hendriks
  • Monique G.M. De Sain-Van Der Velden
  • Tom J. De Koning
  • Gepke Visser
External organisations
  • Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital
  • Wageningen University
  • University Medical Center Utrecht
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  • Neurosciences
  • Neurology
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes