Pompe Disease: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and More



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0:00 Introduction
0:53 Types of Pompe Disease
1:23 Symptoms of Pompe Disease
2:48 Diagnosis for Pompe Disease
3:16 Treatment for Pompe Disease




● Pompe disease is a rare genetic disorder that disrupts the body’s ability to digest complex sugars.
● The lack of digestion results in glycogen buildup inside the muscles, affecting the muscles and other tissues of the body.
● The condition occurs due to a deficiency of the acid alfa glucosidase (GAA) enzyme, which is used in the digestion of complex sugars.
● The enzyme is affected due to mutations in the GAA gene, which are irreversible like most other genetic disorders.
● However, this inherited mutation is quite rare, with just 1 in 40,000 people in the US suffering from this condition.
● Let’s look at Pompe disease in detail and see how you can deal with it:
Types
● There are three types of Pompe disease:
1. Classic infantile-onset Pompe disease that occurs just a few months after birth.
2. Non-classic infantile-onset Pompe disease that takes a bit longer, usually showing symptoms at the one-year-old mark, and
3. Late-onset Pompe disease, which occurs later in life. This type may show up deep into the teen years or at the start of adulthood.
Symptoms
● Symptoms of Pompe disease vary according to the type you’re dealing with.
● The symptoms caused by the classic type are:
1. Enlarged muscles
2. Weak liver
3. Feeding problems
4. Breathing difficulties
5. Poor muscle tone
6. Interrupted growth
7. Inability to gain weight or muscle
8. Respiratory infections
● Non-classic Pompe disease symptoms include:
1. Breathing problems
2. Deterioration in muscle strength
3. Delayed motor skills
4. Abnormal heart growth
● Late-onset type Pompe disease causes many of the same symptoms as the other two types, but can also result in:
1. Weakened legs and trunk
2. Frequent lung infections
3. Problems with balance
4. Muscle pain in a large part of the body
5. Irregular heartbeat
6. Difficulty in walking
7. Fatigue
8. Hearing difficulties
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Diagnosis
● After recognizing the symptoms, a doctor will conduct blood tests to check on enzyme levels.
● A low GAA level will indicate Pompe disease, and your doctor will aim to confirm that diagnosis by:
1. Checking your family history
2. Conducting breathing and sleep tests
3. Checking on the heart with an ECG
4. Checking muscle function through an electromyography
Treatment
● Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) is the only approved method of treating Pompe disease.
● A genetically engineered enzyme called alglucosidase alfa is injected into a patient’s body intravenously to make up for the lack of GAA.
● Furthermore, you might also need some extra medical care if the symptoms become intense.
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