Maternal glutaric acidemia, type I identified by newborn screening

Eric A. Crombez, Stephen D. Cederbaum, Elaine Spector, Erica Chan, Denise Salazar, Julie Neidich, Stephen Goodman

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We report two women with glutaric acidemia type I in whom the diagnosis was unsuspected until a low carnitine level was found in their newborn children. Both mothers had low carnitine in plasma. In the first, organic acid analysis was only done after fibroblast studies revealed normal carnitine uptake. Having learned from the first family, organic acid analysis was done immediately in the mother of family 2. In both, the plasma acylcarnitine profile was normal but both excreted the metabolites typical of their disorder. One of the women was a compound heterozygote for distinct mutations in the glutaric acid dehydrogenase gene, whereas the second was either homozygous or hemizygous for a mutation in Exon 6 of the gene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-134
Number of pages3
JournalMolecular genetics and metabolism
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • GA-I
  • Glutaric acidemia
  • Maternal glutaric acidemia
  • Newborn screening
  • Type I

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    Crombez, E. A., Cederbaum, S. D., Spector, E., Chan, E., Salazar, D., Neidich, J., & Goodman, S. (2008). Maternal glutaric acidemia, type I identified by newborn screening. Molecular genetics and metabolism, 94(1), 132-134.