What Does NxGen MDx Screen For?
We screen for up to 120 genetic disorders that can affect your pregnancy, the health of your baby, and your family's future. You can learn more about our various screens — and which sets of screens (or "panels") align with where you are in your reproductive journey.
Glycogen Storage Disease Type IV/Adult Polyglucosan Body Disease
What Your Test Results Mean:
Test results indicate that you are a carrier of glycogen storage disease type V. Carriers are not expected to show symptoms. You and your partner would both have to be carriers of glycogen storage disease type V for there to be an increased chance to have a child with symptoms; this is known as autosomal recessive inheritance. Carrier testing of your partner or donor is recommended in addition to consultation with a genetic counselor for a more detailed risk assessment.
Since this is an inherited gene change, this information may be helpful to share with family members as it may impact their family planning.
Glycogen storage disease type V, also known as adult polyglucosan body disease, is an inherited metabolic muscle disorder in which muscle cells cannot break down glycogen to release usable carbohydrates. As a result, the muscles become easily fatigued. During the first few minutes of exercise, affected individuals experience fatigue, muscle pain, and cramps. The symptoms typically stop with rest, and individuals are able to resume exercising (known as the “second wind” phenomenon). Excessive exercise can cause muscles to break down and release a chemical called myoglobin into the body. Myoglobin makes the urine red or brown and is toxic to the kidneys, causing life-threatening kidney failure in some patients. These symptoms can appear during childhood but often do not start until adulthood.
Prognosis is generally favorable, and lifespan is not affected.
There is no cure for glycogen storage disease type V. Restricting the frequency and intensity of exercise is the mainstay of treatment.
Talk to a Genetic Counselor
As a NxGen client, you'll have access to personal genetic counselors who can help explain the results of your screens and provide insight on how to move forward. To schedule a personal conference to discuss your screen results, call (855) 776-9436. or click the link below.Discuss Your Screening Results