What is Pompe disease?

Also known as: Pompe’s disease, acid maltase deficiency, AMD.

Glycogen is a complex carbohydrate that is present in many foods. In the body, the enzyme alpha-glucosidase breaks glycogen down into glucose so the body can use it. When the body doesn’t have enough (or has no) of this enzyme, it can’t break down glycogen. This condition is known as Pompe disease.

Reviewed by: Paul A Cardenas, MD

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