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Can Fabry disease be misdiagnosed?

Because its symptoms are so nonspecific and the disease is so rare, Fabry disease is often misdiagnosed as other conditions. Although symptoms appear early in childhood, correct diagnosis of the disease often doesn't occur until the person is in their 20s or 30s. Unfortunately, by this time, more severe effects are likely to have set in, including heart and kidney damage. Fabry disease is mistaken for a number of different ailments, including lupus, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and arthritis.

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