Neonatal onset propionic acidemia without acidosis: a case report

Turk J Pediatr. Oct-Dec 2002;44(4):339-42.

Abstract

Propionic acidemia is an inherited disorder of organic acid metabolism characterized by a spectrum of clinical and biochemical findings. The usual presentation is life-threatening ketoacidosis and hyperammonemia. In this report we present a neonate with propionic acidemia presenting with prominent neurologic problems without ketoacidosis. The patient had a serum ammonia level of 3,500 microg/dl which was effectively lowered to normal values in 48 hours by peritoneal dialysis, with remarkable improvement in neurologic status. However, she developed Candida albicans peritonitis, and sepsis and died of cardiorespiratory failure. Infants who have an early onset propionic acidemia have a high mortality and morbidity rate. In conclusion, propionic acidemia should be in the differential diagnosis of patients with neurologic symptoms and hyperammonemia with or without acidosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Ammonia / blood
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Metabolism, Inborn Errors / diagnosis*
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Propionates / blood*
  • Propionates / urine
  • Respiration, Artificial

Substances

  • Propionates
  • Ammonia