Infant Survives Rare Disorder with help of Waisman Center and UW Hospital

A Baraboo infant overcame a life threatening condition thanks to the efforts of UW Hospital doctors in conjunction with Waisman Center doctors and nutritionists. The Waisman Center’s role was in the acute treatment and confirmation of the diagnosis, according to Greg Rice, a pediatric geneticist at the Waisman Center. Newborn screening made the initial diagnosis of medium chain Acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency, a genetic disorder that causes problems breaking down some fats. According to Rice, the disorder occurs in about one in 15,000 children.