Journal article

Determination of acid alpha-glucosidase activity in blood spots as a diagnostic test for Pompe disease

K Umapathysivam, JJ Hopwood, PJ Meikle

Clinical Chemistry | AMER ASSOC CLINICAL CHEMISTRY | Published : 2001

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Pompe disease is an autosomal recessive disorder of glycogen metabolism that is characterized by a deficiency of the lysosomal acid alpha-glucosidase. Enzyme replacement therapy for the infantile and juvenile forms of Pompe disease currently is undergoing clinical trials. Early diagnosis before the onset of irreversible pathology is thought to be critical for maximum efficacy of current and proposed therapies. In the absence of a family history, the presymptomatic detection of these disorders ideally can be achieved through a newborn-screening program. Currently, the clinical diagnosis of Pompe disease is confirmed by the virtual absence, in infantile onset, or a marked reduction..

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