How does Fabry disease affect women differently from men?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

In the past, it was believed that women were carriers and would not have Fabry related health problems.  However, women can and do have Fabry related health problems. In some cases, woman can have health problems to the same degree as their male counterparts. Since women who carry one copy of a nonworking gene

(also known as “heterozygotes”) do have symptoms of Fabry disease, it is important that they discuss Fabry disease with their doctor and obtain appropriate referrals to monitor their health.

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