Author Archives: Brian Murphy, Ph.D.

Pompe Disease Advocacy

Health advocacy can help improve the quality and accessibility of care for patients with rare disorders like Pompe disease. Following is information about patient advocacy in general, and Pompe disease specifically, and why it is important for patients, caregivers and family members. What is Pompe disease? Pompe disease is a…

FAQs About Lumizyme for Pompe Disease

Lumizyme (alglucosidase alfa) is an enzyme replacement infusion therapy by Sanofi Genzyme for people with Pompe disease. In the European Union, it is available under the brand name Myozyme. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about this treatment. How does Lumizyme work? Lumizyme works to replace…

Pompe Disease and Hearing

Hearing loss is a very common for infants with Pompe disease. It may also affect some people who develop Pompe disease later in life. Here is information about how hearing works, how Pompe disease can cause problems with hearing, and how doctors diagnose and treat hearing loss in these patients.

Treatment Team for Late-onset Pompe Disease

Late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) can affect a number of different organs and systems in the body. If you have the disorder, you will need to see a multidisciplinary treatment team to ensure you receive the best possible care. Read on for more information about some of the complications that…

Pompe Disease and Sleep

Pompe disease is a rare, progressive, neuromuscular genetic disorder characterized by muscle damage and weakness. Fatigue, excessive daytime sleepiness, and sleep disturbances are common, especially in the late-onset form of the disease. How Pompe disease may affect sleep As Pompe disease progresses, the abnormal buildup of glycogen — sugar molecules…

Feeding Tubes for Pompe Disease

Eating and drinking or nursing can pose a problem for patients with Pompe disease. These patients may require feeding tubes to ensure safety and proper nutrition. Here is some information about feeding problems in Pompe disease and options for different feeding tubes. What is Pompe disease? Pompe disease is a…

Pompe Disease and Anesthesia

People with Pompe disease will likely need, at some point, to undergo medical procedures that require anesthesia. Here is information about the different forms of anesthesia, how Pompe disease may complicate its use, and precautions doctors should take. What is Pompe disease? Pompe is a rare genetic disease caused…