Glutaric aciduria type I (GA-I) is an autosomal recessive inborn error of lysine, hydroxylysine, and tryptophan metabolism caused by deficiency of the enzyme glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase . Frequent laboratory findings include hypoglycemia, ketonuria, and metabolic acidosis. Urinary 3-hydroxyglutaric acid is the diagnostic metabolite with glutaric acid and glutarylcarnitine frequently but not always elevated . The buildup of metabolites may lead to basal ganglia injury.
The clinical manifestations of GA-1 can vary considerably between individual patients, but most have macrocephaly at birth or shortly thereafter. Affected individuals may experience motor difficulty, abnormal gait, spasms, jerking, rigidity, hypotonia, and seizures. Some individuals with glutaric acidemia have developed subdural or retinal hemorrhage. MRI or CT of the brain may show an underdeveloped neocortex with fronto-operculo-temporal hypoplasia and communicating hydrocephalus, creating a distinct radiologic appearance that characterizes GA-I. The presentation of distinctive acute striatal necrosis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Acute neurological deterioration usually occurs between 6 and 18 months of age and can be triggered by a febrile illness or dehydration.
GA-1 is caused by mutations in the glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase gene (GCDH) located on 19p13 . Gene sequence analysis is available to test for mutations in the GCDH gene (FX).
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- Confirmation of a clinical/biochemical diagnosis of GA-I
- Carrier testing in adults with a family history of GA-I
Prevalence: The incidence of GA-I is estimated to be 1:83,300 . It is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, therefore the recurrence risk for carrier parents of an affected child is 25%.
Infants and Young Children (<2 years of age): 2-3 ml
Children > 2 years of age to 10 years old: 3-5 ml
Older Children & Adults: 5-10 ml
Autopsy: 2-3 ml unclotted cord or cardiac blood
Isolation using the Perkin Elmer™Chemagen™ Chemagen™ Automated Extraction method or Qiagen™ Puregene kit for DNA extraction is recommended.
- Urine Organic Acid Analysis (OA) showing elevation of glutaric and 3-hydroxyglutaric acids
- Plasma/Urine Acylcarnitine Profile showing increased concentration of glutarylcarnitine.
- Custom Diagnostic Mutation Analysis (KM) is available to family members if mutations are identified by sequencing.
- 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.