Benign course of glycogen storage disease type IIb in two brothers: Nature or nurture?



Two brothers with the childhood variant of type II glycogenosis (GSD-IIb) treated with nutrition and exercise therapy (NET) from a young age showed an unusually benign course. Muscle biopsy from the older brother, which showed characteristic vacuolar glycogen accumulation at age 2, had reverted to normal by age 16. A muscle biopsy from the younger brother was normal at 5 years. It is uncertain whether this anomalous evolution was spontaneous (nature) or due to the symptomatic therapy (nurture), but NET should be considered in patients with GSD-IIb until enzyme replacement or gene therapy become generally available. Muscle Nerve, 2005