Metabolic storage diseases are inherited conditions caused by genetic mutations (changes) in normal cells that disrupt metabolism. Metabolism is how the body makes and uses energy from proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
The liver synthesizes and stores vitamins, minerals, and glycogen (sugar) from food, which are released into the bloodstream as needed. Metabolic storage diseases affect the storage process, causing problems in the liver and other body systems that rely on the liver to do its job.
Some of the metabolic storage diseases we treat include:
- Hemochromatosis (also called iron overload): causes the body to absorb too much iron. Iron overload can lead to liver disease, liver failure, heart failure, and diabetes.
- Wilson’s disease: causes the body to absorb too much copper. Copper poisoning can lead to liver failure, brain damage, eye damage, and death.
- Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (alpha-1): causes the body to produce wrong shaped proteins that stick in the liver. Alpha-1 can cause liver disease like cirrhosis (irreversible scarring) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Hepatologists (liver specialists) at the University of Miami Health System are experts at managing complex metabolic storage diseases that affect the liver.
Why Choose UHealth?
Collaboration with experts in other medical fields. We work closely with other specialists you might see, such as hematologists, geneticists, pulmonologists, endocrinologists, and neurologists, to ensure you get the most effective care possible.
Special expertise in related conditions. Our liver specialists and care teams treat metabolic storage diseases and have special expertise in related conditions, including liver cancer and cirrhosis. We can predict problems before they happen and, if necessary, begin treatment right away.
Seamless services from providers who care about you. Our hepatology teams provide treatment in the hospital or outpatient (clinic) offices in South Florida. We’re here for all your needs.