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Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation: A Case Presentation

Snow, Timothy M. RN, MSN, NNP-BC; Woods, Christopher W. RN, MSN, NNP-BC; Woods, Amanda G. RN, MSN, NNP-BC

Section Editor(s): HEABERLIN, PAMELA

doi: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e318241bc1b
Case of the Month

Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) are a group of rare genetically inherited disorders that involve the malfunction of attaching sugar molecules to lipids, proteins, or other organic molecules through an enzymatic process. The resulting defect in glycoprotein and glycolipid synthesis often has a heterogeneous range of multisystemic effects ranging from mild dysmorphism to profound organ failure and subsequent death. There are 2 types of CDG, type I and type II, with multiple subtypes within each. This column is a case presentation about an infant who presented with CDG type Ik.

Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Messrs Snow and Woods); and Women's Hospital, Greensboro, North Carolina (Mrs Woods).

Correspondence: Timothy M. Snow, RN, MSN, NNP-BC, Wake Forest Hospital, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157 (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2012 National Association of Neonatal Nurses