WHAT IS MVID?
An intestinal, pediatric disease
Microvillus inclusion disease (MVID) is a rare, genetic disorder caused by a mutation in the MYO5B gene that limits the growth and function of cells in the intestine. As a result, these immature cells cannot absorb fluids, nutrients, or electrolytes.
Infants with MVID develop persistent and severe diarrhea within hours, days, or months after birth. This prevents them from getting the necessary nutrition – resulting in malnutrition, stunted growth, and in most cases, a significantly shortened lifespan.