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An overview of Alkaptonuria (AKU) or 'black bone disease'

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2019
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This learning module focuses on alkaptonuria (AKU) or ‘black bone disease’, a rare genetic disease that prevents the body from breaking down the amino acids, tyrosine and phenylalanine. It introduces nurses to the condition and explains how to recognise it, which can lead to earlier diagnosis and allow patients access to timely disease-modifying therapy.


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Lesley Harrison, Patient support manager, AKU Society, Cambridge
Helen Bygott, Research nurse, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital
Emily Luangrath, Research nurse, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital

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