E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains how Pompe disease affects the body.
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The Effects of Pompe Disease Well when Megan and Patrick were babies, the Crowley’s learn that they have Pompe Disease. And at the time, it was incurable, uniformly fatal and it’s a very unique disease happens in kids. It’s a Glycogen Storage Disease. What it does is it enlarges the heart, weakens the muscles and you can see here in this animation that what happens is it prevents the body from breaking down glycogen which then builds up — what you’re looking at there’s a muscle fiber that glycogen builds up. It causes them over time to deteriorate. What this does is as it progresses, victims can not move, they can’t breathe or even swallow on their own. That’s what leads to the fatalities.