What is the outlook for people with Pompe disease?

Patients with either type of infantile-onset Pompe disease may have their lives prolonged with early detection and treatment. However, both of these types of Pompe disease often are fatal. Patients with classic infantile-onset type rarely live past 1 year of age. Patients with non-classic infantile–onset type may live to early childhood. Children with late-onset types of Pompe disease can live longer as the disease progresses more slowly.

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