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J Am Diet Assoc. 2002 Dec;102(12):1800-3.

Management of fatty acid oxidation disorders: a survey of current treatment strategies.

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  • 1Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, USA.

Abstract

Standardization of the nutritional care for patients with fatty-acid oxidation disorders is lacking. A literature review and national survey of metabolic dietitians describes the range of therapeutic strategies currently employed in the U.S. to treat patients with fatty-acid oxidation disorders. Questionnaire responses provided by dietitians specializing in metabolic disorders evaluated practices used for treatment of fatty acid oxidation disorders, medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCAD), very-long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (VLCAD), long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (LCHAD), long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (LCAD), and Trifunctional Protein deficiency (TFP). This survey reveals a significant lack of evidence supporting the protocols in use. Recent advances in tandem mass spectrometry technology promises an increase in the number of identified patients with fatty-acid oxidation disorders, which reinforces the need for comprehensive, clinical research studies to determine optimal care for patients with these genetic disorders.

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