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Hereditary orotic aciduria

Synonym(s) Oroticaciduria
Orotidylic decarboxylase deficiency
Uridine monophosphate synthetase deficiency
Prevalence <1 / 1 000 000
Inheritance Autosomal recessive
Age of onset Infancy
  • E79.8
  • C0220987
  • C0268130
  • C537136
  • 10052621


Hereditary orotic aciduria is an extremely rare (less than 20 cases identified worldwide) autosomal recessive disorder characterized by retarded growth, anemia and excessive urinary excretion of orotic acid. It is due to a severe deficiency in the activity of the pyrimidine pathway enzyme uridine 5'-monophosphate (UMP) synthase (bifunctional enzyme containing two activities: orotate phosphoribosyltransferase and orotidine 5'-monophosphate decarboxylase), coded by a single gene (UMPS) localized to chromosome 3q13.

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