Systemic carnitine deficiency exacerbated by a strict vegetarian diet

Arch Dis Child. 1984 Feb;59(2):177-9. doi: 10.1136/adc.59.2.177.


A 12-year old boy suffered episodes of vomiting, lethargy, and hypoglycaemia from the age of 1 year. Adhering to a vegetarian diet caused an increase in frequency and severity of the attacks. It was found that he was suffering from systemic carnitine deficiency that responded promptly to treatment with L-carnitine.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carnitine / blood
  • Carnitine / deficiency*
  • Carnitine / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Diet, Vegetarian / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male


  • Carnitine