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© 2016 Elsevier B.V. Pregnancy and delivery are challenging in women affected by Pompe disease with respiratory involvement. We describe a 28-year-old woman, who continued to receive enzyme replacement therapy during pregnancy and had an uneventful vaginal birth. Before pregnancy the patient's vital capacity was 52% in sitting position and 51% in supine position. At 32 weeks gestation her vital capacity in sitting position was 46% and 35% in supine position. Nocturnal non-invasive mechanical ventilation was introduced at this time. Labor was induced at 34 weeks following premature rupture of membranes, under epidural anesthesia. A 2590 g healthy baby was delivered by vacuum extraction. Assisted ventilation was continued throughout labor and post-partum. This observation suggests a successful pregnancy and a normal vaginal delivery can be achieved in patients with symptomatic Pompe Disease, provided multidisciplinary care is offered.

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Neuromuscular Disorders

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610 - 613