What is Carnitine Deficiency?
I would like to know what is Carnitine Deficiency?
Carnitine Deficiency Syndromes
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pyruvate oxidation in carnitine deficiency?
i know that pyruvate oxidation in carnitine deficiency is not impaired. i’m just not sure why. can someone please explain? i’d really appreciate it. thanks
Why would pyruvate oxidation be impaired? Carnitine is a fatty acid carrier.
Is there a difference between “carnitine deficiency” and an “SCADD” (short chain deficiency)?
My son died 2 hours after an induced labor (37 weeks) of “metabollic acidosis” coupled with severe anemia. I was on two epilepsy meds, depakote (which depletes carnitine levels — mine were LOW but they didn’t know this till later) and zonegran (which killed my appetite, resulting in fasting which is apparently horrible if you’re already low on carnitine). They found he was carnitine deficient and/or had an SCADD — it didn’t occur to me until now — are these two separate things? Can the SCADD be a result of a carnitine deficiency linked to the depakote? (They have no idea what caused the anemia, other than possibly bleeding into the placenta after the cord was cut.) I am still puzzling over this…thanks!
According to nih.gov:
“Primary carnitine deficiency is a condition that prevents the body from using fats for energy, particularly during periods without food (fasting).”
I know this is for primary cases, and you’re suggesting this case was medication induced, but that was all I could find .
SCADD on the other hand is discussed more as a autosomal recessive genetic disorder. So each time you have a child, there may be a 25% chance of having it again in that child. The children tend to get hypoglycemic which can result in the metabolic acidsosis.
I wish I knew more. It sounds like you are worried that your medications may have somehow worsened all this and I’m very sorry for your loss. Personally as an MD student, it does not sound like your medications should have contributed much. If they did, then it was your doctor’s responsibility to take you off the meds and maybe on a safer alternative. I hope you feel better. I’ll leave the links for you in case you are interested in reading on it.
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