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Inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs), traditionally defined as defects in a single gene leading to an enzyme deficiency, collectively have an incidence of 1 in 800 to 1 in 2500 births, although individually they are rare disorders. 

IEM can present with a broad spectrum of symptoms ranging from neonatal lethality to onset of non-specific symptoms later in life. A large number of inborn errors of metabolism may present with isolated psychiatric symptoms in adolescence or adulthood. Possible underlying organic causes of psychiatric symptoms are easily overlooked in a psychiatric setting. Delayed diagnosis in the latter situation can lead to significant permanent neurological damage and mortality.

Increasing awareness of IEM presenting with psychiatric symptoms among adult and child psychiatrists, neurologists and geneticists is the main purpose of our conference because, in some cases, disease-specific therapies for underlying metabolic causes are available.

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