Symptoms of PK Deficiency | Know PK Deficiency

Symptoms of PK deficiency

How does PK deficiency affect everyday life?

Explore the key terms used on this page

Signs and symptoms of PK deficiency are different for
everyone and can change over time

Common symptoms

Common symptoms
  • Debilitating fatigue
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Jaundice
  • Scleral icterus

Some symptoms are mental

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  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Brain fog
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  • Memory loss

PK deficiency and fatigue

Your doctor may not understand what you mean when you say you're tired or feeling fatigued. In a discussion about symptoms, others with PK deficiency gave examples of more vivid descriptions they used with their doctors:

  • Sometimes I’m so tired I feel like I’m 80 years old
  • Brain fog reduces my ability to do simple math

Additional signs and symptoms

Which of these symptoms do you have and which bother you the most? Are there any you’re just starting to notice, or that you didn’t think could be related to your PK deficiency?

Signs and Symptoms of PK deficiency in the body

Select your symptoms and download a list to share with your doctor:







Explore the key terms used on this page

Bilirubin: A substance created from hemoglobin when RBCs break down, which can cause jaundice and scleral icterus


Jaundice: Yellowing of the skin caused by high levels of bilirubin in the body


Scleral icterus: Yellowing of the whites of the eyes caused by high levels of bilirubin in the body


DID YOU KNOW?

PK deficiency affects more than just the body. In a poll, people with PK deficiency and their caregivers reported feeling anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and social isolation. It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider if you experience any of these mental health challenges.

Be your own advocate…find
somebody willing to listen to you.
Molly, 32
Quote from Molly, 32
Be your own advocate…find
somebody willing to listen to you.
Molly, 32

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