How is Gaucher disease diagnosed?
To diagnose Gaucher disease properly, a healthcare professional will need to carry out a number of tests – including checking the level of the glucocerebrosidase enzyme in your blood and a DNA test (genotyping) to check which mutation of the gene you have.
In order to arrive at a definitive diagnosis a number of medical professionals with different specialisms are likely to be involved and you can expect to be asked to undergo a series of tests and scans. These may include:1,2
- Routine blood tests to measure levels of platelets and red blood cells and to evaluate your overall health status. Samples of your blood will be sent to a specialist laboratory for analysis
- Special blood tests for biochemical markers to evaluate disease burden
- Liver function tests and possibly tests for iron levels and vitamin B12
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate potential changes in the organs and bones caused by Gaucher cells
- Computed tomography (CT) scan to investigate potential changes in the organs and bones
- Scans to check on bone density
1. Mignot C, et al. handb Clin Neurol. 2013;113:1709-15..
2. Nagral A. Gaucher disease. J Clin exp hepatol 2014;4(1):37-50.
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