What is the prognosis of secondary carnitine deficiency?

Updated: Dec 13, 2019
  • Author: Fernando Scaglia, MD, FACMG; Chief Editor: Maria Descartes, MD  more...
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Prognosis of secondary carnitine deficiency depends on the nature of the disorder.

Translocase deficiency and the infantile form of carnitine palmitoyltransferase II (CPT-II) deficiency have very poor prognosis regardless of treatment. [14]

In general, disorders of fatty acid oxidation require lifelong prevention of fasting and diet modification.

Other metabolic disorders that cause secondary carnitine deficiency, such as organic acidemias, require lifelong diet modification and nutritional supplements.


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