A metabolic disorder can happen when abnormal chemical reactions in the body alter the normal metabolic process. It can also be defined as inherited single gene anomaly, most of which are autosomal recessive. Some of the symptoms that can occur with metabolic disorders are lethargy, weight loss, jaundice and seizures.
The symptoms expressed would vary with the type of metabolic disorder.
There are four categories of symptoms: acute symptoms, late-onset acute symptoms, progressive general symptoms and permanent symptoms
Inherited metabolic disorders are one cause of metabolic disorders, and occur when a defective gene causes an enzyme deficiency.
These diseases, of which there are many subtypes, are known as inborn errors of metabolism.
Metabolic diseases can also occur when the liver or pancreas do not function properly.
Metabolic disorders can be present at birth, and many can be identified by routine screening.