The clinical presentation can vary from mild to severe. The major clinical manifestations are corneal clouding, joint stiffness, and a skeletal dysplasia known as dysostosis multiplex. Unlike most lysosomal storage disorders, intelligence is unaffected. Macrocephaly and sternal abnormalities can be present at birth, and inguinal/umbilical hernias are common. Restriction of joint movement develops sometime in the first few years of life, and a typical crouched posture is assumed. Hepatomegaly, corneal clouding, claw-hand deformities, cardiac valve involvement, decreased pulmonary function, and sleep apnea become evident as the child ages. Respiratory infections are common. Growth in height is usually less than normal, but variable with the severity of disease. Facial features become more coarse with age, and individuals with MPS VI often resemble one another. Deafness, both sensorineural or conductive, is seen in all types of mucopolysaccharidoses, including MPS VI. Spinal cord compression is a typical complication in older children and adults. Carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve compression is also seen in older children and adults. Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for MPS VI has been approved by the FDA and is available for treatment of this disorder.
Mutations in the ARSB gene result in reduced activity of the arylsulfatase B enzyme. Diagnostic sequencing analysis of the ARSB gene coding region is available for MPS VI patients and their at-risk relatives on a clinical basis.
For questions about testing for MPS VI, call the Emory Genetics Laboratory at (404) 778-8499 or (855) 831-7447. For further clinical information about lysosomal storage diseases, including management and treatment, call the Emory Lysosomal Storage Disease Center at (404) 778-8565 or (800) 200-1524.
For patients with mutations not identified by full gene sequencing, a separate deletion/duplication assay is available using a targeted CGH array (LZ).
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- Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of MPS VI (Maroteaux-Lamy).
- Prenatal testing for known familial mutations.
- Assessment of carrier status in high risk family members known mutation analysis.
This assay does not interrogate the promoter region, deep intronic regions or other regulatory elements. Large deletions are not detected by this analysis. Results of molecular analysis must interpreted in the context of the patients clinical and/or biochemical phenotype.
Submit only 1 of the following specimen types
Preferred specimen type: Whole Blood
Type: Whole Blood
Specimen Requirements:In EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube:
Infants (<2 years): 2-3 ml
Children (>2 years): 3-5 ml
Older Children & Adults: 5-10 ml
Specimen Collection and Shipping: Refrigerate until time of shipment. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.
Specimen Requirements:OrageneTM Saliva Collection kit (available through EGL) used according to manufacturer instructions.
Specimen Collection and Shipping: Store sample at room temperature. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.
- Mucopolysaccharide screen (urine GAG) (GA)
- Known mutation analysis (Custom Diagnostics) is available to test family members.
- A deletion/duplication assay is available separately for individuals where mutations are not identified by sequence analysis. Refer to the test requisition or contact the laboratory for more information.
- Prenatal testing is available for known familial mutations only.
- Please call the Laboratory Genetic Counselor for specific requirements for prenatal testing before collecting a fetal sample.