Females with Fabry disease frequently have major organ involvement: Lessons from the Fabry Registry

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  • Fabry disease (FD) is an X-linked lysosomal storage disease caused by alpha-galactosidase A deficiency. The Fabry Registry is a global clinical effort to collect longitudinal data on FD. In the past, most "carrier" females were usually thought to be clinically unaffected. A systematic effort has been made to enroll all FD females, regardless of symptomology. Of the 1077 enrolled females in the Registry, 69.4% had symptoms and signs of FD. The median age at symptom onset among females was 13 years, and even though 84.1% had a positive family history, the diagnosis was not made until a median age of 31 years. Twenty percent experienced major cerebrovascular, cardiac, or renal events, at a median age of 46 years. Among adult females with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) data (N = 638), 62.5% had an eGFR <90 ml/min/1.73m2 and 19.0% had eGFR <60 ml/min/1.73 m2. Proteinuria ≥300 mg/day was present in 39.0% of females, and 22.2% had >1 gram/day. Quality of life (QoL), as measured by the SF-36® survey, was impaired at a later age than in males, but both genders experience significantly impaired QoL from the third decade of life onward. Thus, females with FD have a significant risk for major organ involvement and decreased QoL. Females should be regularly monitored for signs and symptoms of FD, and considered for enzyme replacement therapy. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Wilcox WR; Oliveira JP; Hopkin RJ; Ortiz A; Banikazemi M; Feldt-Rasmussen U; Sims K; Waldek S; Pastores GM; Lee P
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