FAOD are disorders of fatty acid metabolism

Fatty acid oxidation disorders (FAOD) are a group of autosomal recessive conditions that impair the body from breaking down dietary fat into energy. As ultrarare diseases, FAOD affect 1 in 4600 people in the United States.1,2

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References: 1. Fatty acid oxidation disorders. The Screening, Technology and Research in Genetics (STAR-G) Project. http://www.newbornscreening.info/Parents/fattyaciddisorders/Carnitine.html. Updated February 20, 2016. Accessed August 17, 2016. 2. Lindner M, Hoffmann GF, Matern D. Newborn screening for disorders of fatty-acid oxidation: experience and recommendations from an expert meeting. J Inherit Metab Dis. 2010;33(5):521-526.