Clinical manifestations of MPS VI

Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are a major component of connective tissues and organs throughout the body.1 As a result of excessive GAG buildup in MPS VI, the disease can affect many different organ systems.1 Symptoms vary widely, due in part to varying rates of disease progression. The most common effects of MPS VI are shown below2-7:

Appearance, general symptoms
  • Dysmorphic facial features
  • Macrocephaly
  • Short stature
  • Reduced endurance
Eyes, ears, nose, throat
  • Impaired vision
  • Corneal clouding
  • Glaucoma
  • Optic nerve disease
  • Impaired hearing
  • Recurrent otitis media
  • Recurrent sinusitis
Mouth, tongue, teeth
  • Enlarged tongue
  • Dental abnormalities
Airways, respiration
  • Obstructive airway disease
  • Restrictive airway disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Reduced pulmonary function
  • Need for a respiratory support device such as a continuous positive airway pressure machine
  • Heart murmurs
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Valvular disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Systemic vascular narrowing and hypertension
  • Hepatosplenomegaly
  • Umbilical and inguinal hernias
Bones, joints
  • Joint stiffness and contractures
  • Skeletal abnormalities (dysostosis multiplex)
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Claw hands
  • Chest/rib cage restrictions
Brain, nerves
  • Cervical stenosis and spinal cord compression
  • Intracranial pressure and progressive compressive myelopathy
  • Severe nerve pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • NOTE: Unlike other MPS disorders, MPS VI is not associated with cognitive impairments.

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References: 1. Gunin AG. Connective tissue [fact sheet]. Department of histology at the medical school of Chuvash State University. Accessed January 3, 2013. 2. Wilcox WR. Lysosomal storage disorders: the need for better pediatric recognition and comprehensive care. J Pediatr. 2004;144(5 suppl):S3-S14. 3. Kantaputra PN, Kayserili H, Güven Y, et al. Oral manifestations of 17 patients affected with mucopolysaccharidosis type VI. J Inherit Metab Dis. 2014;37(2):263-268. doi:10.1007/s10545-013-9645-8. 4. Muhlebach MS, Wooten W, Muenzer J. Respiratory manifestations in mucopolysaccharidoses. Paediatr Respir Rev. 2011;12(2):133-138. doi:10.1016/j.prrv.2010.10.005. 5. Valayannopoulos V, Nicely H, Harmatz P, Turbeville S. Mucopolysaccharidosis VI. Orphanet J Rare Dis.2010;5:5-20. doi:10.1186/1750-1172-5-5. 6. Giugliani R, Harmatz P, Wraith JE. Management guidelines for mucopolysaccharidosis VI. Pediatrics. 2007;120(2):405-418. doi:10.1542/peds.2006-2184. 7. Kampmann C, Lampe C, Whybra-Trumpler C, et al. Mucopolysaccharidosis VI: cardiac involvement and the impact of enzyme replacement therapy. J Inherit Metab Dis. 2014;37(2):269-276. doi:10.1007/s10545-013-9649-4.

Important Safety Information


NAGLAZYME® (galsulfase) is indicated for patients with Mucopolysaccharidosis VI (MPS VI; Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome). NAGLAZYME has been shown to improve walking and stair-climbing capacity.

Important Safety Information

Life-threatening anaphylactic reactions and severe allergic reactions have been observed in some patients during NAGLAZYME (galsulfase) infusions and up to 24 hours after infusion. If these reactions occur, immediate discontinuation of NAGLAZYME is recommended and appropriate medical treatment should be initiated, which may include resuscitation, epinephrine, administering additional antihistamines, antipyretics or corticosteroids. In patients who have experienced anaphylaxis or other severe allergic reactions during infusion with NAGLAZYME, caution should be exercised upon rechallenge; appropriately trained personnel and equipment for emergency resuscitation (including epinephrine) should be available during infusions.

As with other enzyme replacement therapies, immune-mediated reactions, including membranous glomerulonephritis have been observed. In clinical trials, nearly all patients developed antibodies as a result of treatment with NAGLAZYME; however, the analysis revealed no consistent predictive relationship between total antibody titer, neutralizing or IgE antibodies, and infusion-associated reactions, urinary glycosaminoglycan (GAG) levels, or endurance measures.

Caution should be exercised when administering NAGLAZYME to patients susceptible to fluid volume overload because congestive heart failure may result. Consider a decreased total infusion volume and infusion rate when administering NAGLAZYME to these patients.

Consideration to delay NAGLAZYME infusion should be given when treating patients who present with an acute febrile or respiratory illness. Sleep apnea is common in MPS VI patients and antihistamine pretreatment may increase the risk of apneic episodes. Evaluation of airway patency should be considered prior to the initiation of treatment. Patients using supplemental oxygen or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) during sleep should have these treatments readily available during infusion in the event of an infusion reaction, or extreme drowsiness/sleep induced by antihistamine use.

Pretreatment with antihistamines with or without antipyretics is recommended prior to the start of infusion to reduce the risk of infusion reactions. If infusion reactions occur, decreasing the infusion rate, temporarily stopping the infusion, or administering additional antihistamines and/or antipyretics is recommended.

During infusion, serious adverse reactions included laryngeal edema, apnea, pyrexia, urticaria, respiratory distress, angioedema, and anaphylactoid reaction; severe adverse reactions included urticaria, chest pain, rash, abdominal pain, dyspnea, apnea, laryngeal edema, and conjunctivitis. The most common adverse events (=10%) observed in clinical trials in patients treated with NAGLAZYME were rash, pain, urticaria, pyrexia, pruritus, chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and dyspnea. The most common adverse reactions requiring interventions are infusion-related reactions.

Spinal/cervical cord compression is a known and serious complication that is expected to occur during the natural course of MPS VI. Signs and symptoms of spinal/cervical cord compression include back pain, paralysis of limbs below the level of compression, and urinary or fecal incontinence. Patients should be evaluated for spinal/cervical cord compression prior to initiation of NAGLAZYME to establish a baseline and risk profile. Patients treated with NAGLAZYME should be regularly monitored for the development or progression of spinal/cervical cord compression and be given appropriate clinical care.

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