The term Glycogen Storage Disease is used for defining a condition where there are defects in the body that prevent or wreck the processing of glycogen synthesis or breakdown that happens in the muscles, liver, etc. It is also called GSD, also glycogenosis and dextrinosis. The most common symptoms here include redness of the muscles, enlarged heart and trouble swallowing.
HOW IS GLYCOGEN STORAGE DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
The health care practitioner may suggest the following investigations:
• Blood tests
• CT Scan
• Gene testing
HOW IS GLYCOGEN STORAGE DISEASE TREATED?
Treatment of GSD depends on its type. Some types of GSD cannot be treated and in others, it is fairly easy to control the symptoms. The patients are advised to follow a special diet. Children with GSD are advised to heat a high carb diet with frequent meals comprising of small portions of foods rich in sugar and starch. Some people are advised on eating uncooked Cornstarch every four to six hours. Some kids need continuous night time feeding.
DID YOU KNOW?
This disorder results with severe effects on muscles, liver and heart, and one may have problems with breathing and heart function. This can sometimes lead to death which can occur at a very early age in some cases.