Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Galactokinase deficiency: a treatable cause of bilateral cataracts


Congenital cataract can be caused by several systemic diseases and differential diagnosis should be done between infections, genetic or metabolic diseases. We present a case of a 12-month-old girl with bilateral nuclear cataracts that was referred for investigation. Since she did not present a family history of congenital cataracts or metabolic diseases, and her physical examination was normal, a systemic evaluation was performed. Biochemical studies disclosed abnormal galactose metabolism signs. The diagnosis of galactokinase (GALK1) deficiency was considered and the study of the GALK1 gene allowed identifying a pathogenic genetic variant and a predictably pathogenic missense mutation, previously not described. Dietary measures were imposed with a good evolution.

  • congenital disorders
  • ophthalmology
  • diet

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.