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10th Edition of International Conference on Neurology and Brain Disorders

October 21-23, 2024

October 21 -23, 2024 | Baltimore, Maryland, USA
INBC 2017

Fatimah Alqarni

Speaker at Neuroscience Conference - Fatimah Alqarni
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University hospital, Saudi Arabia
Title : Diagnosis and treatment of late-onset Pompe disease in the Middle East and North Africa region


Pompe disease is a rare autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme alpha-glucosidase. Late-onset Pompe disease has a complex multisystem phenotype characterized by arange of symptoms which has led to underestimate the disease among adult population. Consensus-based guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of late-onset Pompe disease was created by an expert panel from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, where the relative prevalence of Pompe disease is thought to be high but there is a lack of awareness and diagnostic facilities.These guidelines set out practical recommendations and include algorithms for the diagnosis and treatment of late-onset Pompe disease. In addition, we recently diagnosed the first two patients with Late-onset Pompe disease in the middle east.

Audience take away:

  • These consensus recommendations from an expert group set out practical guidelines including algorithms for the diagnosis and treatment of late-onset Pompe disease.
  • They detail the ideal diagnostic workup, indicate the patients in whom enzyme replacement therapy should be initiated, and provide guidance on appropriate patient monitoring.

These guidelines will serve to increase awareness of the condition, optimize patient diagnosis and treatment, reduce disease burden, and improve patient outcomes


  • April 10th 2015, Joined King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as neurology Consultant and medical operation director.
  • worked as Neurology Subspecialty Consultant, Neuromuscular Disorders and Electrodiagnostic Medicine Consultant , Mitochondrial Medicine consultant, at King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from August 2011-January 2015.
  • Program director of Comprehensive Neuromuscular disorders program at national neuroscience institute in KFMC August 2011-January 2015.
  • 2008-2010 completed clinical fellowship in neuromuscular disorders and electro diagnostic medicine from McMaster University, Canada.
  • 2010–2011 completed Mitochondrial Diseases clinical fellowship at McMaster University, Canada.
  • April 30th 2011 passed American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM).
  • Holding medical education research certificate (MERC).
  • Holding master of clinical epidemiology from University of Newcastle, Australia, graduated 2015.
  • Project leader of rare disease diagnostic awareness project