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Prevalence and Incidence of Sphingolipidosis

Sphingolipidosis: Rare Disease

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

About prevalence and incidence statistics:

The term 'prevalence' of Sphingolipidosis usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Sphingolipidosis at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Sphingolipidosis refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Sphingolipidosis diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.


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