Short Chain Acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (SCAD)

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency, Short-Chain
  • SCAD Deficiency
  • SCADH Deficiency
  • Lipid-Storage Myopathy Associated with SCAD Deficiency
  • SCAD Deficiency, Congenital (Generalized)
  • SCAD Deficiency, Adult-Onset (Localized)

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Short-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency is an extremely rare inherited disorder of fat metabolism belonging to a group of diseases known as fatty acid oxidation disorders (FOD). It occurs because of a deficiency of an enzyme.

The enzyme, known as short-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase enzyme, is involved in the breakdown of complex fatty acids into more simple substances. This takes place in the cell's mitochondria, small, well-defined bodies found in all cells in which energy is generated from the breakdown of complex substances into simpler ones (mitochondrial oxidation). When this enzyme is deficient, excessive amounts of fatty acids accumulate in the liver and muscle tissues, and ammonia and other products accumulate in the blood and body tissues.

Although SCAD was initially thought to produce severe problems including progressive muscle weakness, hypotonia, acidemia, developmental delay, and even early death, it is now believed that this disorder is both more common and less severe in many cases than originally thought at the time of its discovery 20 years ago. Since the advent of expanded newborn screening programs using tandem mass spectrometry technology, many more SCAD infants are being detected, many of whom are well and asymptomatic.

When symptoms are present, they tend to appear soon (days to weeks) after birth and include lack of weight gain, general failure to thrive, vomiting, and poor feeding.
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Resources

CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases)
Climb Building
176 Nantwich Road
Crewe, Intl CW2 6BG
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 870 7700 325
Fax: +44 870 7700 327
Email: info.svcs@climb.org.uk
Internet: http://www.CLIMB.org.uk

United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF)
8085 Saltsburg Road
Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
United States
Tel: (412)793-8077
Fax: (412)793-6477
Tel: (888)317-8633
Email: info@umdf.org
Internet: http://www.umdf.org

Organic Acidaemias UK
5 Saxon Road
Ashford
Middlesex, Intl TW15 1QL
United Kingdom
Tel: 44-1784-245989
Email: davidpriddy@bigfoot.com

NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Endocrine Diseases Metabolic Diseases Branch
2 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3570
Tel: (301)654-3810
Fax: (301)496-7422
Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niddk.nih.gov

FOD (Fatty Oxidation Disorders) Family Support Group
2041 Tomahawk
Okemos, MI 48864
USA
Tel: (517)381-1940
Fax: (866)290-5206
Email: deb@fodsupport.org
Internet: http://www.fodsupport.org

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

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