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What issues can acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD) cause in the liver?

In acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD), liver cells get full of sphingomyelin, which can cause the liver to work poorly. Swelling in the liver and spleen means that there’s not much room around the stomach to let it expand after a meal. Because of this, it’s a good plan to eat smaller, but more frequent, meals. Diarrhea, constipation, and stomach pain can also be a problem in chronic ASMD.

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