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Maternal phenylketonuria: a case study suggesting the use of prenatal psychotherapy to help control phenylalanine levels.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
0002-9432
Publisher
American Psychological Association
Publication Date
Volume
72
Issue
4
Pages
577–584
Identifiers
PMID: 15792042
Source
Medline

Abstract

Maternal phenylketonuria (MPKU) is an increasingly common concern for health professionals involved in prenatal care. This single-participant study investigated the efficacy of prenatal psychotherapy in improving metabolic control, an important consideration in MPKU pregnancies. Results indicated a robust and positive relationship between psychotherapy and metabolic control. Levels of negative mood and levels of phenylalanine control were also strongly and positively correlated. Implications for treating MPKU are discussed, and prenatal psychotherapy is forwarded as a means of improving birth outcomes in this population.

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