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MCAD deficiency

Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD) deficiency is an inherited disorder that prevents your body from breaking down certain fats and converting them into energy. As a result, the level of sugar in your blood can drop dangerously low. MCAD deficiency is present from birth.

In the U.S., most states screen for MCAD deficiency at birth. If MCAD deficiency is diagnosed and treated early, the disorder can be managed through diet and lifestyle actions. In rare cases, the disorder is not diagnosed until adulthood. Left untreated, it can lead to seizures, breathing difficulties, coma and other serious health problems.

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