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Gaucher Disease

Gaucher Disease: Introduction

Gaucher Disease: Gaucher (pronounced "go-SHAY") disease is an inherited illness caused by a gene mutation. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology) ... more about Gaucher Disease.

Gaucher Disease: A rare inherited biochemical disorder characterized by the deficiency of the enzyme called glucocerebrosidase and accumulation of glycosylceramide (glucocerebroside). There are three forms of this disease: type 1, 2 and 3. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Gaucher Disease is available below.

Symptoms of Gaucher Disease

Treatments for Gaucher Disease

  • Enzyme replacement therapy
  • Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for Gaucher disease is now available, with most patients receiving recombinant enzyme (imiglucerase [Cerezyme]). This preparation is highly effective in reversing the visceral and hematologic manifestations of Gaucher disease
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Gaucher Disease: Deaths

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Types of Gaucher Disease

  • Type 1 adult Gaucher disease - most common; adult Gaucher disease, or chronic non-neuronopathic
  • Type 2 infantile Gaucher disease - infantile, or acute neuronopathic
  • Type 3 juvenile Gaucher disease - juvenile, or subacute neuronopathic
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Gaucher Disease: Complications

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Causes of Gaucher Disease

  • All 3 forms of Gaucher disease are caused by glucocerebrosidase activity deficiency due to mutations in GBA, structural gene that encodes the enzyme. Widespread accumulation of glucosylceramide-laden macrophages results from the enzyme deficiency
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Gaucher Disease: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Gaucher Disease

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Gaucher Disease: Rare Types

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Gaucher Disease: Animations

Prognosis for Gaucher Disease

Prognosis for Gaucher Disease: Many individuals with Gaucher disease have few manifestations and a normal life expectancy without any intervention.

Research about Gaucher Disease

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Clinical Trials for Gaucher Disease

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Gaucher Disease: Broader Related Topics

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Article Excerpts about Gaucher Disease

Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology (Excerpt)

Gaucher (pronounced "go-SHAY") disease is an inherited illness caused by a gene mutation. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

NINDS Gaucher's Disease Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Gaucherís disease is an inherited metabolic disorder in which harmful quantities of a fatty substance called glucocerebroside accumulate in the spleen, liver, lungs, bone marrow, and, in rare cases, the brain. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Gaucher's Disease Information Page: NINDS)

Definitions of Gaucher Disease:

An autosomal recessive disorder caused by deficiency of the enzyme glucocerebrosidase (see GLUCOSYLCERAMIDASE) featuring the pathological storage of glycosylceramide in mononuclear PHAGOCYTES (Gaucher Cells). The most common subtype is the non-neuronopathic form, a slowly progressive condition characterized by hepatosplenomegaly and skeletal deformities. The neuronopathic forms are divided into infantile and juvenile forms. The infantile form presents at 4-5 months of age with anemia, loss of cognitive gains, neck retraction, dysphagia, and hepatosplenomegaly. The juvenile form features a slowly progressive loss of intellect, hepatosplenomegaly, ATAXIA, myoclonic SEIZURES, and spasticity. The neuronopathic forms are characterized by neuronal loss with neuronophagia, and accumulation of glucocerebroside in neurons. (From Baillieres Clin Haematol 1997 Dec;10(4):711-23; Menkes, Textbook of Child Neurology, 5th ed, p97) - (Source - Diseases Database)

Gaucher Disease is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Gaucher Disease, or a subtype of Gaucher Disease, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Gaucher Disease as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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