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Overview of Metabolic Disorders

By

Andrew J. Allen

, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Washington State University

Last full review/revision Feb 2014 | Content last modified Feb 2014

Metabolic diseases may be inherited or acquired, the latter being more common and significant. Metabolic diseases are clinically important because they affect energy production or damage tissues critical for survival.

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