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Andersen Disease (GSD IV)

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Synonyms

  • amylopectinosis
  • Andersen glycogenosis
  • brancher deficiency
  • branching enzyme deficiency
  • glycogenosis type IV
  • glycogen storage disease IV

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Summary

Andersen disease belongs to a group of rare genetic disorders of glycogen metabolism, known as glycogen storage diseases. Glycogen is a complex carbohydrate that is converted into the simple sugar glucose for the body's use as energy. Glycogen storage diseases are characterized by deficiencies of certain enzymes involved in the metabolism of glycogen, leading to an accumulation of abnormal forms or amounts of glycogen in various parts of the body, particularly the liver and muscle.



Andersen disease is also known as glycogen storage disease (GSD) type IV. It is caused by deficient activity of the glycogen-branching enzyme, resulting in accumulation of abnormal glycogen in the liver, muscle, and/or other tissues. In most affected individuals, symptoms and findings become evident in the first months of life. Such features typically include failure to grow and gain weight at the expected rate (failure to thrive) and abnormal enlargement of the liver and spleen (hepatosplenomegaly). In such cases, the disease course is typically characterized by progressive liver (hepatic) scarring (cirrhosis) and liver failure, leading to potentially life-threatening complications. In rare cases, however, progressive liver disease may not develop. In addition, several neuromuscular variants of Andersen disease have been described that may be evident at birth, in late childhood, or adulthood. The disease is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.



Introduction

Andersen disease is named for the investigator (DH Andersen) who initially described the disease in 1956.

Resources

CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases)

Climb Building

176 Nantwich Road

Crewe, CW2 6BG

United Kingdom

Tel: 4408452412173

Fax: 4408452412174

Email: enquiries@climb.org.uk

Internet: http://www.CLIMB.org.uk



Association for Glycogen Storage Disease

P.O. Box 896

Durant, IA 52747

USA

Tel: (563)514-4022

Fax: (563)514-4022

Email: info@agsdus.org

Internet: http://www.agsdus.org



NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Office of Communications & Public Liaison

Bldg 31, Rm 9A06

31 Center Drive, MSC 2560

Bethesda, MD 20892-2560

Tel: (301)496-3583

Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov

Internet: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/



Association for Glycogen Storage Disease (UK) Ltd

Old Hambledon Racecourse

Sheardley Lane, Droxford

Hampshire, SO32 3QY

United Kingdom

Tel: 03001232790

Email: info@agsd.org.uk

Internet: http://www.agsd.org.uk



Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126

Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126

Tel: (301)251-4925

Fax: (301)251-4911

Tel: (888)205-2311

TDD: (888)205-3223

Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/



Adult Polyglucosan Body Disease Research Foundation

8 West 37th Street, Suite 901

New York, NY 10018

Tel: (646)580-5610

Fax: (212)643-0963

Email: info@APBDRF.org

Internet: http://www.apbdrf.org



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Last Updated:  4/3/2012

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