Post Partum Symptoms Confound Pompe Disease Diagnosis
APRIL 24, 2017
Rachel Foster is a patient with late-onset Pompe disease. As Rachel describes in this interview, her diagnosis took 18 months of doctors appointments before finally being referred to Duke University where Dr Priya Kishnani diagnosed her with late-onset Pompe disease.
We talked to Rachel at Duke University's late-onset Pompe disease patient meeting held April 9, 2017.
About Pompe Disease
Pompe disease is a rare lysosomal disease that may present in childhood (early-onset) or in adulthood (late-onset). In both cases, the disease is due to a deficiency in the enzyme alpha-glucosidase (GAA). Symptoms vary greatly in this population but can be severe and ultimately deadly in the early-onset type.