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Alpha-glucosidase is an enzyme that breaks down complex sugars (carbohydrates) into simpler sugars. It is involved in the digestion of carbohydrates in the small intestine and is produced by cells in the pancreas and the lining of the small intestine. Deficiency of alpha-glucosidase can lead to a rare genetic disorder called Pompe disease, which is a type of glycogen storage disease. People with Pompe disease are unable to break down glycogen, a complex carbohydrate that is stored in the body's cells, leading to a build-up of glycogen in the liver, heart, and skeletal muscles. This can cause serious health problems, including muscle weakness, heart problems, and difficulty breathing. There is no cure for Pompe disease, but treatment with enzyme replacement therapy can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.

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