Medium-chain acyl-coenzyme A dehydrogenase deficiency
Other Names for this Disease
- MCAD deficiency
- Acyl-CoA dehydrogenase medium chain deficiency of
- MCADH deficiency
- ACADM deficiency
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ACADM gene and is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Treatment includes avoidance of fasting and of medium chain triglycerides in the diet.Medium-chain acyl-coenzyme A dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD) is an inherited metabolic disorder that prevents the body from converting certain fats to energy, particularly during periods without food (fasting). Normally, through a process called fatty acid oxidation, several enzymes work in a step-wise fashion to break down (metabolize) fats and convert them to energy. People with MCADD do not have enough of an enzyme needed for the step that metabolizes a group of fats called medium-chain fatty acids. MCADD is caused by mutations in the
Last updated: 7/7/2014
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- Wang, et al. Is the G985A Allelic Variant of Medium-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase a Risk Factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? A Pooled Analysis. Pediatrics. 2000;105:1175-1176.