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Mitochondria dysfunction linked to cardiomyopathy in Pompe patients

Mitochondria dysfunction is linked to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy — when the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently — in people with Pompe disease, according to a new study from China. The disease-causing mechanisms were explored in a patient-derived heart cell model with characteristics of Pompe disease, including low…

LOPD can be misdiagnosed as inflammatory muscle disease: Study

A man with late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) was initially misdiagnosed with an inflammatory muscle disease called polymyositis, according to a case study highlighting the need to incorporate imaging tests in clinical practice to reduce the delay in diagnosis and treatment. After medication failed to improve his muscle strength, the…

Regular physical activity boosts well-being in adults with Pompe

Staying physically active according to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and engaging in a personalized exercise program can significantly improve the physical well-being of adults with late-onset Pompe disease, a small study found. Moreover, regular physical activity was seen to delay disease progression among the study’s participants. “Endurance,…

Antibodies to ERT may not limit response in LOPD

Nearly 1 in 4 adults with late-onset Pompe disease develop high levels of antibodies against enzyme replacement therapy (ERT). However, that does not mean they have a reduced response to treatment, a systematic review study has revealed. The findings are in line with previous data from patients with…

FDA clears Pombiliti plus Opfolda to treat adults with LOPD

Pombiliti (cipaglucosidase alfa) plus Opfolda (miglustat), a combination therapy formerly known as AT-GAA, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain adults with late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) who are not improving on their current enzyme replacement therapy (ERT). Its developer, Amicus…