Genes Included



Glycogen storage disease type 1a and 1b


Glycogen storage disease type 1a and 1b (also known as von Gierke disease) can be clinically indistinguishable. Pathogenic variants in G6PC or SLC37A4 lead to autosomal recessive glycogen storage disease types 1a or 1b, respectively (GSD I). G6PC encodes for glucose-6-phosphatase, which catalyzes the terminal step of gluconeogenesis and glycogenolysis. SLC37A4 encodes for glucose-6-phosphate transporter into endoplasmic reticulum, where G6PC catalyzes the next step. The incidence of GSD I is 1 in 100,000. GSD I may have neonatal onset, but typically presents at 3-4 months of age with hypoglycemia. Additional features can include hepatomegaly, renomegaly, growth retardation, osteopenia, round face, epistaxis, delayed puberty, and polycystic ovaries. GSD type 1b can also cause infections and inflammatory bowel disease due to neutropenia/neutrophil dysfunction. 


Hepatomegaly and renomegaly
Elevated levels of lactate, fats and uric acid in blood
Delayed growth and delayed puberty
Bone thinning from osteoporosis
Increased mouth ulcers and infections

Testing Methodology

PCR-based sequencing of entire coding region, intron/exon boundaries, as well as known pathogenic variants (HGMD 2017.3) in the promoter and deep intronic regions of the specified gene(s).

Sensitivity and Limitations

The analytical sensitivity of DNA sequencing is over 99% for the detection of nucleotide base changes, small deletions and insertions in the regions analyzed. Variants in regulatory regions and non-reported variants in untranslated regions may not be detected by this test. Large deletions/ duplications, large insertions and other complex genetic events will not be identified using sequencing methodology.

Turn-Around Time

28 days

CPT Codes


How to Order

Testing for these genes also available as part of the Metaboseq panel by next-generation sequencing. Deletion/duplication analysis and targeted variant analysis is also available for these genes. Download Inborn Errors of Metabolism requisition.


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Parikh, NS, and Ahlawat, R. Glycogen Storage Disease Type I (Von Gierke Disease). StatPearls [Internet].