RETROSPECTIVE DIAGNOSIS OF MEDIUM-CHAIN ACYL-COA DEHYDROGENASE-DEFICIENCY
J CHRISTODOULOU, JTR CLARKE, CA RUPAR, BA GORDON, DP KELLY
JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | BLACKWELL SCIENCE | Published : 1993
A male infant is reported who died suddenly and who at post-mortem had pathological evidence suggestive of a genetic defect of fatty acid beta-oxidation. A specific diagnosis could not be made enzymatically because of unavailability of suitable tissue for assay. The diagnosis of medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD) deficiency was made by specific mutation analysis using the polymerase chain reaction and DNA extracted from the newborn screening card of this infant. This powerful new molecular diagnostic technique should prove to be of use in similar circumstances.