Short/Branched Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency

Other Names


2MBCD deficiency

2-methylbutyryl CoA dehydrogenase deficiency


Diagnosis Coding

E71.312, Short chain acyl CoA dehydrogenase deficiency

Disorder Category

An organic acidemia



Elevated C5 (isovaleryl carnitine)

Tested By

Tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS); sensitivity=NA; specificity=NA


Deficiency of 2-methylbutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase results in the inability to break down isoleucine causing an organic acidemia. This condition is typically found by newborn screening and its clinical significance is still unclear. Some of the initially reported patients had neurological symptoms, but their relationship to the metabolic defect remains unclear. It is now considered a biochemical variant usually with a benign clinical course.


The condition is rare; less than 20 cases have been reported, primarily among the Hmong population. [Short/Branched Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency - Information for Professionals (STAR-G)] More and more cases have been identified by neonatal screening, but they are not published given the benign clinical course.


Autosomal recessive

Prenatal Testing

DNA testing or enzyme analysis by amniocentesis or CVS. Prenatal diagnosis is usually not performed given the benign nature of this condition.

Clinical Characteristics

With or without treatment, most patients have no clinically significant abnormalities. Symptoms may be triggered by fasting or illness.

Initial signs/symptoms may include:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Lethargy
Treatment consists of carnitine supplementation and fasting avoidance. Again, the need for treatment is unclear and continued follow-up and monitoring of these patients seems at present the best course of action.

Follow-up Testing after Positive Screen

Quantitative plasma acylcarnitine profile, urine organic acids, urine acylglycine. Urine acylglycine analysis is necessary to exclude this condition.

Primary Care Management

Upon Notification of the + Screen

If the Diagnosis is Confirmed

Specialty Care Collaboration

Initial consultation and ongoing collaboration, particularly for dietary management. Genetic counseling for the family.


Information & Support

For Professionals

Short/Branched Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase (OMIM)
Information about clinical features, diagnosis, management, and molecular and population genetics; Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man, authored and edited at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Genetics in Primary Care Institute (AAP)
Contains health supervision guidelines and other useful resources for the care of children with genetic disorders; American Academy of Pediatrics.

For Parents and Patients


Organic Acidemia Association (OAA)
A nonprofit organization that provides information, support, events, connections with other parents, a discussion board, and nutrition and recipe ideas.


Short/branched Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MedlinePlus)
Information for families that includes description, frequency, causes, inheritance, other names, and additional resources; from the National Library of Medicine.

2-Methylbutyryl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency - Information for Parents (STAR-G)
A fact sheet, written by a genetic counselor and reviewed by metabolic and genetic specialists, for families who have received an initial diagnosis of this newborn disorder; Screening, Technology and Research in Genetics.

Baby's First Test (Genetic Alliance)
Clearinghouse for local, state, and national newborn screening education, programs, policies, and resources. Also, provides many ways for people to connect and share their viewpoints and questions about newborn screening; supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Organic Acidemia Association (OAA)
A nonprofit organization that provides information, support, events, connections with other parents, a discussion board, and nutrition and recipe ideas.

Center for Parent Information and Resources (DOE)
Parent centers in every state provide training to parents of children with disabilities and provide information about special education, transition to adulthood, health care, support groups, local conferences and other federal, state, and local services. See the "Find Your Parent Center Link" to find the parent center in your state; Department of Education, Office of Special Education.


ACT Sheet for Elevated C5 Acylcarnitine (ACMG) (PDF Document 348 KB)
Contains short-term recommendations for clinical follow-up of the newborn who has screened positive; American College of Medical Genetics.

Confirmatory Algorithms for Elevated C5 Acylcarnitine (ACMG)
An algorithm of the basic steps involved in determining the final diagnosis of an infant with a positive newborn screen; American College of Medical Genetics.

Services for Patients & Families Nationwide (NW)

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* number of provider listings may vary by how states categorize services, whether providers are listed by organization or individual, how services are organized in the state, and other factors; Nationwide (NW) providers are generally limited to web-based services, provider locator services, and organizations that serve children from across the nation.

Helpful Articles

PubMed search for short/branched chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency and neonatal screening, last 10 years.

Alfardan J, Mohsen AW, Copeland S, Ellison J, Keppen-Davis L, Rohrbach M, Powell BR, Gillis J, Matern D, Kant J, Vockley J.
Characterization of new ACADSB gene sequence mutations and clinical implications in patients with 2-methylbutyrylglycinuria identified by newborn screening.
Mol Genet Metab. 2010;100(4):333-8. PubMed abstract / Full Text

Van Calcar SC, Baker MW, Williams P, Jones SA, Xiong B, Thao MC, Lee S, Yang MK, Rice GM, Rhead W, Vockley J, Hoffman G, Durkin MS.
Prevalence and mutation analysis of short/branched chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (SBCADD) detected on newborn screening in Wisconsin.
Mol Genet Metab. 2013;110(1-2):111-5. PubMed abstract / Full Text

Authors & Reviewers

Initial publication: March 2007; last update/revision: July 2018
Current Authors and Reviewers:
Author: Nicola Longo, MD, Ph.D.
Authoring history
2011: update: Nicola Longo, MD, Ph.D.R
2007: first version: Nicola Longo, MD, Ph.D.A
AAuthor; CAContributing Author; SASenior Author; RReviewer