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Daphne (Medicine)

Daphne (pronounced: /ˈdæfni/) is a term used in the field of medicine to refer to a specific medical condition or phenomenon. The etymology of the term is derived from the Greek word 'Daphne', which means 'laurel'.


In the medical context, Daphne refers to a rare, genetic, metabolic disorder that affects the body's ability to properly break down certain proteins. The condition is characterized by a variety of symptoms, including developmental delay, seizures, and a failure to thrive.


The symptoms of Daphne can vary greatly from person to person. However, common symptoms include:


Diagnosis of Daphne typically involves a combination of clinical evaluation, detailed patient history, and specialized confirmatory genetic testing.


Treatment for Daphne is focused on managing the symptoms and preventing complications. This may include dietary modifications, medications to control seizures, and other supportive treatments.


The prognosis for individuals with Daphne varies. Some individuals may have a normal lifespan with appropriate management, while others may experience severe complications.

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