What is Isovaleric Acidemia?
Isovaleric acidemia is a genetic condition that causes a buildup of certain acids in the body, called organic acids. This buildup of organic acids is caused by genetic changes in the IVD gene and causes medical problems for people with this condition. The main health problems that people with isovaleric acidemia usually have can include poor feeding, vomiting, seizures, a lack of energy (lethargy), difficulty growing and gaining weight, developmental delay, and an odor of sweaty feet during sickness. In people with severe forms of isovaleric acidemia, these health problems can lead to more serious problems such as a coma or even death. Contact the Organic Acidemia Association for more information about this disorder.
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Are there other names for Isovaleric Acidemia?
Other names for isovaleric acidemia include isovaleric acid CoA dehydrogenase deficiency, acidemia isovaleric, isovaleryl CoA carboxylase deficiency, isovaleryl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency, and IVD deficiency. When you are speaking with your doctor about this condition, be aware that there are several different names and ask to make sure it is clear that the name they may use refers to Isovaleric Acidemia.
What is the usual abbreviation for Isovaleric Acidemia?
Isovaleric acidemia is usually abbreviated as IVA. When reading about this condition, be sure you are aware of the abbreviation that is being used in that article.
How common is Isovaleric Acidemia?
It is estimated that at least every 1 in 250,000 people in the United States has isovaleric acidemia.