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Here are fast facts about Gauche...

Posted Sep 12 2008 4:11pm

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…)
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