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Potential diagnostic aids for abnormal fatty acid metabolism in a range of neurodevelopmental disorders

Ward, P.E. (2000) Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids 63(1-2). 65-8. 

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Disorders of neurodevelopment include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyspraxia, dyslexia and autism.

There is considerable co-morbidity of these disorders and their identification often presents difficulties to those making a diagnosis. This is especially difficult when a multidisciplinary approach is not adopted.

All of these disorders have been reported as associated with fatty acid abnormalities ranging from genetic abnormalities in the enzymes involved in phospholipid metabolism to symptoms reportedly improved following dietary supplementation with long chain fatty acids.

If definitive disorders of lipid metabolism could be defined then the diagnosis and subsequent management of neurodevelopmental disorders might be transformed.

In the identification of those disorders of development which involve lipid metabolism, there are now several tests, measures of lipid metabolism, which could be useful.

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