This blog is devoted to fatty acid oxidation disorders (FODs) and to other mitochondrial disorders. These are genetic autosomal recessive mutations that play havoc with how the body produces energy on a cellular level. They are both rare and deadly. As with many such things, knowledge can make the difference between life and death.
Not so long ago, babies were dying of unknown causes and a term was coined to use when medicine could not find why a child died: sudden infant death syndrome or SIDs. Today we believe that between seven and 20 percent of the children who died in their first year from unknown causes actually died from a FOD. Today, the newborn screen catches many FODs soon after birth.
FODs are indeed rare and deadly but there is hope. In the posts to come details about the various FODs and links to the latest research will be shared.