Here are fast facts about Gaucher Disease, the most common genetic condition in Ashkenazi Jewish people.
1 in every 18 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier for Gaucher disease.
Carriers are unaffected, but when two carrier have a child, they have a 1 in 4 (25%) chance of having a child with Gaucher disease.
Gaucher disease mainly affects the spleen, liver, and bones, and occasionally the lungs, kidneys, and brain. This disease can range in severity from mild to chronic.
Symptoms of Gaucher disease can develop at any age, but they frequently begin during adolescence and early adulthood.
The most common symptom is chronic fatigue caused by anemia. People may experience easy bruising, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, and prolonged and heavy bleeding with menstruation and after childbirth. (more…)