Complicated peripartum course in a patient with very long-chain acyl-coenzyme A dehydrogenase (VLCAD) deficiency

AKAR H. T., Çağan M., YILDIZ Y., SİVRİ H. S.

NEUROMUSCULAR DISORDERS, vol.31, no.6, pp.566-569, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.nmd.2021.03.015
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.566-569
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Very long-chain acyl-coenzyme A (CoA) dehydrogenase (VLCAD) deficiency is an autosomal recessive fatty acid oxidation disorder characterized by rhabdomyolysis, hypoglycemia and cardiomyopathy. The general treatment approach in adult patients is based on the prevention of catabolism. High carbohydrate, low fat diet and supplementation of medium-chain triglycerides are essential in the treatment. There is little experience with pregnancy follow-up in this patient group. We present a complicated peripartum course and successful management in a patient with VLCAD deficiency. Although high-dose glucose infusion was initiated, creatine kinase levels significantly increased in the immediate postpartum period, but the patient remained asymptomatic and rhabdomyolysis resolved rapidly after increasing the glucose infusion rate.