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Glycogen storage disease type 4

Other Names for this Disease
  • Amylopectinosis
  • Andersen disease
  • Brancher deficiency
  • Cirrhosis, familial, with deposition of abnormal glycogen
  • Glycogen branching enzyme deficiency
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Glycogen storage disease type 4 (GSD 4) is part of a group of disorders which lead to abnormal accumulation of glycogen (a storage form of glucose) in various parts of the body. Symptoms of GSD 4 usually begin in infancy and typically include failure to thrive; enlarged liver and spleen (hepatosplenomegaly); and in many cases, progressive liver cirrhosis and liver failure. In rare cases individuals may have a form with non-progressive liver disease, or a severe neuromuscular form. GSD 4 is caused by mutations in the GBE1 gene and is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Treatment typically focuses on the specific symptoms that are present in each individual.[1]
Last updated: 12/23/2012


  1. Marsden D. Andersen Disease (GSD IV). NORD. 2012; Accessed 12/23/2012.
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