Medium-Chain Ketoacyl-CoA Thiolase Deficiency (MCKAT)


Medium-chain ketoacyl-CoA thiolase deficiency (MCKAT) is a condition in which the body is unable to break down certain fats. It is considered a fatty acid oxidation condition because people affected by MKCAT are unable to change some of the fats they eat into energy the body needs to function. This can cause too many unused fatty acids build up in the body. If left untreated, MKCAT can cause vomiting, liver problems, and death. The effectiveness of treatment is unknown.

This condition is also known as: MCAT, MCKAT deficiency.

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