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The Kimberly H. Courtwright and Joseph W. Summers Institute of Metabolic Disease provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to children and adults suffering from inherited metabolic diseases. Since its creation, the institute has developed clinical, research and educational programs and is recognized as a world-renowned research institute in metabolic disease. A metabolic disease is a disorder caused by a problem with the accumulation of chemicals produced naturally in the body, many of which interfere with the ability to produce energy from protein, fats and carbohydrates in the diet. These diseases are usually serious, some even life-threatening, and others may slow down physical development or cause mental retardation. The Baylor Institute of Metabolic Disease is part of Baylor Research Institute, an affiliate of Baylor Health Care System. For information about the institute and tests offered, visit the Institute of Metabolic Disease at Baylor Research Institute.
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