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Test Code MISC Acid Alpha-Glucosidase, Blood Spot

Important Note

Mayo test code GAABS

Reporting Name

Acid Alpha-Glucosidase, BS

Useful For

Evaluation of patients of any age with a clinical presentation suggestive of Pompe disease (muscle hypotonia, weakness, or cardiomyopathy)

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type

Whole blood

Additional Testing Requirements

Molecular genetic testing of the GAA gene (GAAZ / Pompe Disease, Full Gene Analysis) can be used to determine carrier, pseudodeficiency, or disease status.


Pseudodeficiency results in low measured GAA, but is not consistent with Pompe disease; GAAZ / Pompe Disease, Full Gene Analysis should be performed to resolve the clinical question.

Necessary Information

Provide a reason for referral and clinical indication with each specimen.

Specimen Required

Supplies: Card-Blood Spot Collection (Filter Paper) (T493)


Preferred: Blood spot collection card (T493)

Acceptable: Ahlstrom 226 Filter Paper, Munktell TFN, and Whatman Protein Saver 903 Paper

Specimen Volume: 2 blood spots

Collection Instructions:

1. Do not use device or capillary tube containing EDTA to collect specimen.

2. An alternative blood collection option for a patient >1 year of age is fingerstick.

3. Let blood dry on the filter paper at ambient temperature in a horizontal position for 3 hours.

4. Do not expose specimen to heat or direct sunlight.

5. Do not stack wet specimens.

6. Keep specimen dry.

Additional Information:

1. For collection instructions in Spanish, see Blood Spot Collection Card-Spanish Instructions (T777) in Special Instructions.

2. For collection instructions in Chinese, see Blood Spot Collection Card-Chinese Instructions (T800) in Special Instructions.

Specimen Minimum Volume

1 blood spot

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Whole blood Ambient (preferred) 87 days
  Frozen  87 days
  Refrigerated  87 days

Reference Values

Normal >0.5 nmol/mL/hour

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed


Test Classification

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
GAABS Acid Alpha-Glucosidase, BS In Process


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
30100 Reason For Referral 42349-1
30149 Acid alpha-glucosidase 55827-0
30102 Interpretation (GAABS) 59462-2
30104 Reviewed By No LOINC Needed

Clinical Information

Pompe disease, also known as glycogen storage disease type II, is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme alpha-glucosidase (GAA). This leads to an accumulation of glycogen in the lysosome causing swelling, cell damage, and progressive organ dysfunction. Pompe disease is caused by mutations in the GAA gene, and it is characterized by muscle hypotonia, weakness, cardiomegaly, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and eventual death due to either cardiorespiratory or respiratory failure. The clinical phenotype, in general, appears to be dependent on residual enzyme activity, with complete loss of activity causing onset in infancy. Untreated, this leads to death, typically within the first year of life. Juvenile and adult-onset forms are characterized by later onset and longer survival. Primary symptoms of later-onset Pompe disease include muscle weakness and respiratory insufficiency. Rarely, clinically significant cardiomyopathy can be seen. The estimated incidence is 1 in 40,000 live births. 


Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) improves outcome in many patients with either classic infantile onset or later onset forms of Pompe disease. Early initiation of treatment improves the prognosis and makes early diagnosis of Pompe disease desirable. Because of this, newborn screening for Pompe disease has recently been implemented in some states. The early identification and treatment of infants with Pompe disease has been shown to be helpful in reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with this disease.


Since Pompe disease is considered a rare condition that progresses rapidly in infancy, the disease, in particular the juvenile and adult-onset forms, is often considered late if at all, during the evaluation of patients presenting with proximal muscle weakness and respiratory insufficiency. Testing traditionally required a skin or muscle biopsy to establish cultures for enzyme testing. More recently, molecular genetic testing of the GAA gene (GAAZ / Pompe Disease, Full Gene Analysis) became clinically available. Determination of the enzyme activity in dried blood spot specimens can be performed in a timely fashion and provide better guidance in the decision to submit samples for further confirmatory testing by molecular genetic analysis (GAAZ / Pompe Disease, Full Gene Analysis).

Analytic Time

8 days

NY State Approved


Method Name

Fluorometric Enzyme Assay


1. New York Clients-Informed consent is required. Please document on the request form or electronic order that a copy is on file. An Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (T576) is available in Special Instructions.

2. Biochemical Genetics Patient Information (T602) in Special Instructions

Testing Algorithm

See Newborn Screen Follow-up for Pompe Disease in Special Instructions.


For more information, see Newborn Screening Act Sheet Pompe Disease: Decreased Acid Alpha-Glucosidase in Special Instructions.