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Glossary for Very Long Chain Acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency -- Early onset

  • Brain damage: Damage to the brain from various causes
  • Coma: Prolonged unconsciousness
  • Congenital conditions: Any condition that you are born with such as birth defects or genetic diseases.
  • Congenital metabolic disorders: Congenital (birth) defects affecting any metabolic systems.
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Enlarged liver: Swelling of the liver.
  • Exercise: The use of the human muscles to improve ones health
  • Exercise intolerance: inability to exercise excessively
  • Fasting: The action of not eating or drinking usually whilst awaiting a medical procedure
  • Fatty liver disease: Fatty liver disease can range from fatty liver alone (steatosis) to fatty liver associated with inflammation (steatohepatitis). This condition can occur with the use of alcohol (alcohol-related fatty liver) or in the absence of alcohol (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD]).
  • Genetic Disease: Any disease that is handed down to oneself through the chromosomes of ones parents
  • Heart attack: Serious and often fatal acute heart condition
  • Heart symptoms: Symptoms affecting the heart
  • Infection: Infections as a symptom.
  • Lethargy: feeling of tiredness
  • Lipid metabolism conditions: Disorders affecting the metabolism of lipids (blood fats), including cholesterol.
  • Liver problems: Any problems that are associated with the livers structure and function
  • Metabolic disorders: Disorders that affect the metabolic system in human
  • Muscle weakness: A condition which is characterized by an inability of the muscles to function at their full strenght
  • Reduced muscle tone: Reduced muscle tone is a loss of or less than normal amount of muscle tightness.
  • Tachypnea: Excessively rapid breathing
  • VLCAD deficiency: A rare condition that is characterised by cardiomyopathy, fatty liver, skeletal myopathy, pericardial effusions, ventricular arrhythmias, and sudden death
  • Vomiting: Vomiting or retching symptoms.


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