Pompe disease, also known as acid maltase deficiency, is a rare, autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disease with a wide range of clinical phenotypes, presenting in infancy, childhood, or adulthood. Pompe disease is caused by an absence or deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme acid α-glucosidase, essential for the degradation of glycogen. Mutations in the GAA gene lead to absence or deficiency of the acid α-glucosidase enzyme resulting in progressive accumulation of lysosomal glycogen that can affect all muscle types.
Pompe disease is classified into Infantile-onset (IOPD) or Late-onset (LOPD)
- Infantile-onset Pompe disease presents prior to 1 year of age and is characterized by elevated CK, profound muscle weakness, cardiomegaly, and cardiomyopathy. IOPD is rapidly progressive, typically leading to death by cardiorespiratory failure by 1 year of age if left unmanaged. IOPD may be suspected in infants with muscle weakness, hypotonia (“floppiness”), delayed motor milestones, a weak suck, feeding and swallowing defects, and failure to thrive.
- Late-onset Pompe disease can present in childhood or adulthood with progressive proximal muscle weakness and respiratory insufficiency. CK may or may not be elevated. When abnormal, muscle biopsy typical findings include vacuolated muscle fibers, PAS-positive vacuoles (glycogen storage) and increased acid phosphatase activity in muscle fibers. Normal biopsy does not rule out Pompe. Significant morbidity is associated with LOPD, and there is a wide phenotypic range. LOPD may be suspected in children or adults with progressive proximal weakness, respiratory insufficiency, and feeding/swallowing difficulties.
Overall incidence estimates for the United States for all forms: 1 in 40,000* (based off ethnically diverse New York population)
*Incidence varies depending on geography and ethnic background
The Lantern Project* consists of an acid α-glucosidase enzyme assay with reflex to GAA sequencing if deficient, and is for individual patients suspected of having Pompe disease via:
- Symptoms consistent with Pompe disease
- Presumptive positive newborn screen for Pompe disease (expedited testing available)
*This testing program is not appropriate for carrier testing as enzyme assay will not reliably detect carriers
- Acid α-glucosidase will be assayed and if deficient will reflex to,
- GAA sequencing analysis (with copy number variant analysis if needed)*
- If either enzyme assay or GAA sequencing has already been performed, these tests can be ordered individually, if needed.
*Expedited GAA sequencing with turnaround time of 3 days is available for infants with symptoms of infantile-onset Pompe disease, or those with presumptive positive Pompe disease based on newborn screening.