Postmortem screening for fatty acid oxidation disorders by analysis of Guthrie cards with tandem mass spectrometry in sudden unexpected death in infancy

Rebecca L. Wilcox, Cliff C. Nelson, Peter Stenzel, Robert D. Steiner

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A protocol was developed for the detection of fatty acid oxidation disorders (FOD) in cases of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). Tandem mass spectrometry blood acylcarnitine analysis of Guthrie card blood spots was performed. In the first 5 years, 1.2% of Oregon's 247 SUDI cases were identified with FOD, 2 with medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency, and one with very long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-836
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatrics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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