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What is Fabry disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Fabry disease is a progressive condition caused when the body is unable to break down a fatty substance known as glycolipid.  In affected men and women symptoms worsen over time.  Children with the disorder typically suffer from arm and leg pain, digestive issues, decreased sweating, overheating, and rashes. Without treatment, symptoms in adolescence and adulthood become worse and lead to strokes, heart disease, and kidney failure.  Early treatment with enzyme replacement therapy can help stop disease progression.

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