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NATIONAL MPS SOCIETY INC

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Health & Medicine
  • People with Disabilities

Location

PO BOX 14686DURHAM, NC 27709 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The National MPS Society exists to find cures, support and advocate for MPS and ML.

Description

Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and related diseases are genetic lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) caused by the body's inability to produce specific enzymes. Normal ly, the body uses enzymes to break down and recycle materials in cells. In individuals with MPS and related diseases, the missing or insufficient enzyme prevents the proper recycling process, resulting in the storage of materials in virtually every cell of the body. As a result, cells do not perform properly and may cause progressive damage throughout the body, including the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system and central nervous system. While the disease may not be apparent at birth, signs and symptoms develop with age as more cells become damaged by the accumulation of cell materials.

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