Application of whole exome sequencing to a rare inherited metabolic disease with neurological and gastrointestinal manifestations: a congenital disorder of glycosylation mimicking glycogen storage disease

Clin Chim Acta. 2015 Apr 15:444:50-3. doi: 10.1016/j.cca.2015.02.008. Epub 2015 Feb 11.


Background: Rare inherited metabolic diseases with neurological and gastrointestinal manifestations can be misdiagnosed as other diseases or remain as disorders with indeterminate etiologies. This study aims to provide evidence to recommend the utility of whole exome sequencing in clinical diagnosis of a rare inherited metabolic disease.

Methods and results: A 4-month-old female baby visited an outpatient clinic due to poor weight gain, repeated seizure-like episodes, developmental delay, and unexplained hepatomegaly with abnormal liver function test results. Although liver biopsy revealed moderate fibrosis with a suggested diagnosis of glycogen storage disease (GSD), no mutations were identified either by single gene approach for GSD (G6PC and GAA) or by next generation sequencing panels for GSD (including 21 genes). Whole exome sequencing of the patient revealed compound heterozygous mutations of PMM2: c.580C>T (p.Arg194*) and c.713G>C (p.Arg238Pro) which mutations were associated with congenital disorder of glycosylation Ia (CDG-Ia: PMM2-CDG).

Conclusions: We successfully applied exome sequencing to diagnose the first reported Korean patient with CDG-Ia, which was misdiagnosed as GSD. Whole exome sequencing may prove to be the preferred strategy for analysis of clinical features that do not readily suggest a specific diagnosis, such as those observed in inherited metabolic diseases, including CDG.

Keywords: Congenital disorders of glycosylation; Genetic diagnosis; Inherited metabolic diseases; PMM2; Whole-exome sequencing.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation / genetics*
  • Exome / genetics*
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / genetics*
  • Glycogen Storage Disease / genetics*
  • Glycosylation
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Mutation
  • Nervous System Diseases / genetics*
  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques
  • Phosphotransferases (Phosphomutases) / deficiency*
  • Phosphotransferases (Phosphomutases) / genetics


  • Phosphotransferases (Phosphomutases)
  • phosphomannomutase 2, human

Supplementary concepts

  • Congenital disorder of glycosylation type 1A