PDCD is an inborn error of metabolism that prevents people from using food for cellular energy at the mitochondrial level. Without energy, the cells cannot function and eventually die. People with PDCD suffer from poor muscle tone, neurological damage, developmental delays, lethargy and organ damage. The elevated lactic acid levels caused by the cellular damage leads to life threating low blood pressure, vomiting, and high heart rate. The prognosis for children with PDCD is a life expectancy of about 3 years, although new research indicates that the actual prognosis is somewhat patient dependent and based on multiple variables.
Through outreach, philanthropy and advocacy, The Elizabeth Watt PDCD Research Fund will support research for Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex Deficiency
This hospital, located in Cleveland, OH, is currently the only academic medical center conducting active research into PDCD. This fund directly benefits their research by donating 100% of the profits specifically to their work.