World MPS Awareness Day
May 15, 2021
May is a very special month for the MPS diseases. The Societies across the world and its members celebrate International MPS Awareness Day on May 15.
Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) is genetic lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) caused by the body’s inability to produce specific enzyme. The missing or insufficient enzyme prevents cells from recycling waste, resulting in the storage of materials in cells throughout the body. As the disease progresses, there is widespread damage throughout the body, including the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system and central nervous system, leading to a shortened lifespan.