Three clinical phenotypes have been described . The neonatal onset with the congenital anomalies such as renal cystic dysplasia, facial dysmorphism, rocker bottom feet, and abnormalities of the external genitalia is categorized as type I. Patients with neonatal onset but without congenital abnormalities, are categorized as type II. Newborns (Type I and II) may present with hypotonia, hepatomegaly, hypoketotic hypoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, and hyperammonemia. Severe cardiomyopathy or symptoms of Reye syndrome-like decompensations have been reported . The remaining patients present with the late-onset form of the disease (Type III). They develop with heterogeneous symptoms such as intermittent episodes of vomiting, hypoglycemia, and metabolic acidosis, muscle weakness and progressive lipid storage myopathy . During acute decompensations, the late-onset patients have organic aciduria and increase of all chain length acylcarnitines. Some patients respond to the treatment with riboflavin.
Three genes have been shown to be involved in patients with MADD. ETFA (15q23-25) and ETFB (19q13.3) genes encode the two ETF subunits while the ETFDH (4q32) gene encodes the electron transfer flavoprotein dehydrogenase . Gene sequence analysis is available to test for mutations in the ETFA, ETFB, and ETFDH genes (GQ). For patients with mutations not identified by full gene sequencing, a separate deletion/duplication assay is available using a targeted CGH array (GV).
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- Confirmation of a clinical/biochemical diagnosis of MADD
- Carrier testing in adults with a family history of MADD
Clinical Sensitivity: 30/32 mutations (26 in the ETFA and 4 in the ETFB genes) were identified in 16 patients ; 30/30 mutations in the ETFDH gene were identified in 15 patients . Analytical Sensitivity: ~99%
Results of molecular analysis must be interpreted in the context of the patient's clinical and/or biochemical phenotype.
Prevalence: MADD is rare with incidence estimates of 1:250,000 live births .
Submit only 1 of the following specimen types
Preferred specimen type: Whole Blood
Type: Whole Blood
Specimen Requirements:In EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube:
Infants (<2 years): 2-3 ml
Children (>2 years): 3-5 ml
Older Children & Adults: 5-10 ml
Specimen Collection and Shipping: Refrigerate until time of shipment. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.
Specimen Requirements:OrageneTM Saliva Collection kit (available through EGL) used according to manufacturer instructions.
Specimen Collection and Shipping: Store sample at room temperature. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.
- Biochemical tests for diagnosis of MADD include Urine Organic Acids (OA) and Plasma Acylcarnitine Profile (AR)
- Custom Diagnostic Mutation Analysis (KM) is available to family members if mutations are identified by sequencing
- For comprehensive testing, a Deletion/Duplication Assay is available separately. This test is indicated for individuals where mutations are not identified by sequence analysis. Refer to the test requisition or contact the laboratory for more information.
- Prenatal testing is available to couples who are confirmed carriers of mutations. Please contact the laboratory genetic counselor to discuss appropriate testing prior to collecting a prenatal specimen.