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Type IV Glycogen Storage Disease Clinical Presentation

  • Author: Wayne E Anderson, DO, FAHS, FAAN; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
Updated: Apr 25, 2014


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  • History is not specific for Andersen disease. Patient complaints probably relate to end-organ injuries of Andersen disease, such as hepatic failure, cardiomyopathy, or muscular atrophy.
  • Sansone and colleagues report a distinct periodic paralysis of either hypokalemic or hyperkalemic type.[7]
  • Hypoglycemia is seen rarely.
  • Adults may present with central and peripheral nerve dysfunction.


Clinical findings of branching enzyme deficiency relate to liver disease and include hepatic failure, cirrhosis, hepatosplenomegaly, cardiomyopathy (less frequent), failure to thrive, and hypotonia (in some cases). Ventricular arrhythmia may occur.

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Wayne E Anderson, DO, FAHS, FAAN Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine/Neurology, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Western University of Health Sciences; Clinical Faculty in Family Medicine, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Clinical Instructor, Departments of Neurology and Pain Management, California Pacific Medical Center

Wayne E Anderson, DO, FAHS, FAAN is a member of the following medical societies: California Medical Association, American Headache Society, San Francisco Medical Society, San Francisco Medical Society, International Headache Society, California Neurology Society, San Francisco Neurological Society, American Academy of Neurology, California Medical Association

Disclosure: Received honoraria from Teva for speaking and teaching; Received grant/research funds from Allergan for other; Received honoraria from Insys for speaking and teaching; Received honoraria from DepoMed for speaking and teaching.

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George T Griffing, MD Professor Emeritus of Medicine, St Louis University School of Medicine

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