Type I glycogen storage disease
The goal of treatment is to avoid low blood sugar. Eat frequently during the day, especially foods that contain carbohydrates (starches). Older children and adults may take cornstarch by mouth.
Overnight, a feeding tube is placed through the nose into the stomach to provide sugars or uncooked cornstarch. The tube can be put in at bedtime and taken out each morning.
A medication called allopurinol can lower blood uric acid and decrease the risk for gout. Other medications may include those for
Persons with von Gierke disease cannot properly break down fruit or milk sugar. It is best to avoid these products.
Association for Glycogen Storage Disease -- www.agsdus.org
Since treatments have been developed, growth, puberty, and quality of life have improved for people with von Gierke disease. Those who are identified and carefully treated at a young age can live into adulthood.
Early treatment also decreases the rate of severe problems such as:
- Life-threatening low blood sugar
- Liver tumors
- Frequent infection
- Kidney failure
- Liver tumors
Osteoporosis Seizures, lethargy, confusion due to low blood sugar
- Short height
- Underdeveloped secondary sexual characteristics (breasts, pubic hair)
Ulcers of the mouthor bowel
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you have a family history of glycogen storage disease or early infant death due to low blood sugar.