How is carnitine deficiency treated?

Updated: Dec 13, 2019
  • Author: Fernando Scaglia, MD, FACMG; Chief Editor: Maria Descartes, MD  more...
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Prevent fasting with frequent feedings to avoid triggering episodes of hypoglycemia.

Treat infections aggressively to prevent a catabolic state.

Snacks and liquids should be consumed before exercise.

Avoid exercise and dehydration with warm temperatures because attacks of rhabdomyolysis may occur with certain conditions that cause secondary carnitine deficiency.

For fatty acid oxidation disorders, follow a fat-restricted diet with high carbohydrate content.

Ensure uninterrupted carnitine supplementation.


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