What Does NxGen MDx Screen For?
We screen for up to 120 genetic disorders that can affect your pregnancy, the health of your baby, and your family's future. You can learn more about our various screens — and which sets of screens (or "panels") align with where you are in your reproductive journey.
3-Methylcrotonyl-CoA Carboxylase (3-MCC) Deficiency, MCCC2-Related
What Your Test Results Mean:
Carriers are not expected to show symptoms. You and your partner would both have to be carriers of 3-MCC deficiency for there to be an increased chance to have a child with symptoms; this is known as autosomal recessive inheritance. Carrier testing of your partner or donor is recommended in addition to consultation with a genetic counselor for a more detailed risk assessment.
Since this is an inherited gene change, this information may be helpful to share with family members as it may impact their family planning.
3-MCC deficiency is an inherited disorder in which the body is unable to process proteins containing a particular building block (amino acid) called leucine. Symptoms typically present in infancy or early childhood and consist of feeding difficulties, recurrent episodes of vomiting and diarrhea, excessive tiredness (lethargy), and weak muscle tone (hypotonia). If untreated, this disorder can lead to delayed development, seizures, and coma. The severity of these symptoms ranges from mild to life-threatening and some people with gene variants that cause 3-MCC deficiency never experience any signs or symptoms of the condition.
Most individuals diagnosed with 3-MCC deficiency can live healthy lives and never need any special treatment. For individuals who do develop symptoms, prognosis is good with early and careful treatment. If left untreated, babies can develop breathing problems, seizures, liver failure, and coma.
Treatment for 3-MCC deficiency includes avoiding fasting, a low-protein diet, and appropriate supplements (L-carnitine).
Talk to a Genetic Counselor
As a NxGen client, you'll have access to personal genetic counselors who can help explain the results of your screens and provide insight on how to move forward. To schedule a personal conference to discuss your screen results, call (855) 776-9436. or click the link below.Discuss Your Screening Results