Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 314--316

Primary carnitine deficiency in a neonate


Manish Rasania, Naveed Majid Ahmed, Bhatt Vivek Prafulchandra, Shashank Jain 
 Department of Pediatrics, Smt. B. K. S. Medical Institute and Research Center, Sumandeep Vidhyapeeth Deemed to be University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Naveed Majid Ahmed
Department of Pediatrics, Smt. B. K. S. Medical Institute and Research Center, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Vadodara, Gujarat
India

Carnitine deficiency in paediatrics can present in infants with episodes of irritability, lethargy and hepatomegaly. The main treatment for primary carnitine deficiency is to take L-carnitine supplements. Here we report a case of a female neonate with carnitine deficiency. A female child of 1.5 kg of 34 weeks of gestation was admitted for low birth weight .Baby was discharged on 18th day of life. On 25thday of life, parents brought the patient back with complains of lethargy, where hypoglycemia was detected. After recovery, baby was shifted to full feed. Metabolic disorder was suspected. Extended neonatal screening test was sent and was suggestive of decreased levels of free carnitine in blood. For treatment, syrup L-carnitine was started. Signs and symptoms of primary carnitine deficiency typically appear during infancy or early childhood. Infants mostly present with hypoglycaemia. For treatment, carnitine supplements are provided


How to cite this article:
Rasania M, Ahmed NM, Prafulchandra BV, Jain S. Primary carnitine deficiency in a neonate.Arch Med Health Sci 2021;9:314-316


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Rasania M, Ahmed NM, Prafulchandra BV, Jain S. Primary carnitine deficiency in a neonate. Arch Med Health Sci [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 May 25 ];9:314-316
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