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Synonyms Back to top
- cerebroside lipidosis syndrome
- Gaucher splenomegaly
- glucocerebrosidase deficiency
- glucosylceramidase deficiency
- glucosyl cerebroside lipidosis
- kerasin lipoidosis
- kerasin thesaurismosis
- lipid histiocytosis (kerasin type)
- sphingolipidosis 1
Disorder Subdivisions Back to top
- Norrbottnian Gaucher disease
- type I Gaucher disease
- type II Gaucher disease
- type III Gaucher disease
General Discussion Back to top
Gaucher disease is a rare, inherited metabolic disorder in which deficiency of the enzyme glucocerebrosidase results in the accumulation of harmful quantities of certain fats (lipids), specifically the glycolipid glucocerebroside, throughout the body especially within the bone marrow, spleen and liver. The symptoms and physical findings associated with Gaucher disease vary greatly from case to case. Some individuals will develop few or no symptoms (asymptomatic); others may have serious complications. Common manifestations of Gaucher disease include an abnormally enlarged liver and/or spleen (hepatosplenomegaly), low levels of circulating red blood cells (anemia), low levels of platelets(thrombocytopenia), and skeletal abnormalities. Platelets are blood cells that promote clotting and patients with thrombocytopenia may develop bleeding problems. Three separate forms of Gaucher disease have been identified and are distinguished by the absence of, or the presence and extent of, neurological complications. All three forms of Gaucher disease are inherited as autosomal recessive traits.
Gaucher disease is categorized as a lysosomal storage disorder. Lysosomes are the major digestive units in cells. Enzymes within lysosomes break down or "digest" nutrients, including certain complex carbohydrates and fats. In Gaucher disease certain sugar (glucose) containing fats, known as glycolipids, abnormally accumulate in the body because of the lack of the enzyme, glucocerebrosidase. This accumulation or "storage" of lipids leads to the various symptoms or physical findings associated with a lysosomal storage disease. Gaucher disease is the most common type of lysosomal storage disorder.
Resources Back to top
Vaincre Les Maladies Lysosomales
2 Ter Avenue
Tel: 01 69 75 40 30
Fax: 01 60 11 15 83
National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, Inc.
2001 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02146-4227
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
National Gaucher Foundation
2227 Idlewood Road, Suite 6
Tucker, GA 30084
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20036
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Gauchers Association (UK)
3 Bull Pitch
Gloucestershire, Intl GL11 4NG
Tel: 44 1453 549231
Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group
Institute of Child Health, University of Liverpool
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Liverpool, L12 2 AP
Tel: +44 151 252 5696
MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Instituto de Errores Innatos del Metabolismo
Carrera 7 No 40 - 62
Tel: (571) 3208320
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hide & Seek Foundation for Lysosomal Disease Research
6475 East Pacific Coast Highway Suite 466
Long Beach, CA 90803
Proyecto Pide un Deseo México, i.a.p.
Altadena #59-501 col. Napoles
delegacion Benito Juarez
03810 Mexico D.F.
Tel: 55 5543-2447
Hong Kong Mucopolysaccharidoses & Rare Genetic Diseases Mutual Aid Group
G/F Wang Lai House
Wang Tau Hom Estate
Fax: 852 2338 4820
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