A Rare Galactosemia Complication: Vitreous Hemorrhage

  • Sahin TakciEmail author
  • Sibel Kadayifcilar
  • Turgay Coskun
  • Sule Yigit
  • Burcu Hismi
Case Report
Part of the JIMD Reports book series (JIMD, volume 5)


Galactosemia is a secondary glycosylation disorder characterized by galactose deficiency of glycoproteins and glycolipids. Abnormal glycosylation of coagulation factors and evidence of liver disease are associated with coagulopathy in galactosemic infants. We report a case of a neonate with galactosemia presenting with bilateral vitreous hemorrhage (VH). During the follow-up, hemorrhage in the right eye resolved; however, it persisted in the left eye. Vitrectomy was planned for the left eye. In addition to cataract, VH is another ophthalmic finding in galactosemia with serious sequelae such as amblyopia. Serious complications of coagulopathy in galactosemic infants can be prevented with early diagnosis and prompt treatment. Inclusion of galactosemia in the neonatal screening program offers an opportunity to prevent early severe symptoms.


Vitreous Hemorrhage Retinal Hemorrhage Classic Galactosemia GALT Activity Ophthalmic Complication 
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UDP-galactose 4’epimerase




Galactose 1-phosphate uridyltransferase


Vitreous hemorrhage


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sahin Takci
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sibel Kadayifcilar
    • 2
  • Turgay Coskun
    • 3
  • Sule Yigit
    • 1
  • Burcu Hismi
    • 4
  1. 1.Neonatology UnitHacettepe University Ihsan Dogramaci Children’s HospitalAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyHacettepe University Faculty of MedicineAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Pediatric MetabolismHacettepe University Ihsan Dogramaci Children’s HospitalAnkaraTurkey
  4. 4.Department of Pediatric MetabolismHacettepe University Ihsan Dogramaci Children’s HospitalAnkaraTurkey

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