Medium-chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCAD)


Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCAD) is a condition in which the body is unable to break down certain fats. It is considered a fatty acid oxidation condition because people with MCAD are unable to change some of the fats they eat into energy the body needs to function. Too many unused fatty acids build up in the body. If untreated, MCAD can cause breathing difficulties, seizures, and brain damage. However, if the condition is detected early and proper treatment is begun, people affected by MCAD can often lead healthy lives.

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