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What is the rate of incidence of Fabry disease?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The reported incidence of Fabry disease ranges in 1 in 1,600 to 1 in 40,000 males and 1 in 20,000 females.  Fabry follows an X-linked pattern of inheritance, meaning that the non-working gene that causes Fabry disease is located on the X-chromosome. Women have two X chromosomes and men only have one X chromosome. If a female has Fabry Disease, there is a 50% chance that her daughters will have Fabry disease and a 50% chance her sons will have Fabry disease. If a male has Fabry disease, all of his daughters and none of his sons will be affected.

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