Glutaric acidemia type 2


Is there a treatment for glutaric acidemia type 2?

People with glutaric acidemia type 2 (GA-2) cannot break down proteins and fats properly. Instead of providing energy, the proteins and fats build up in the body and can cause low blood sugar, difficulties breathing, vomiting, fever and seizures if untreated. The treatment for GA-2 is to limit the amount of protein and fat your child eats by working closely with a metabolic dietician or nutritionist and your pediatrician. For late onset GA-2, your medical team may also recommend your child take supplements such as riboflavin or L-carnitine.

Children with GA-2 who follow a strict diet may have good outcomes; however, extra care is needed when they are sick. Some children may have developmental delays or learning differences even with proper treatment. To find a metabolic dietitian in your area specializing in dietary care for conditions including GA-2, the Genetic Metabolic Dietitians International site can be helpful.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • • DATE UPDATED: 2017-11-29


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