What are the signs and symptoms?
The main signs and symptoms of type 1 Gaucher disease are an enlarged liver and spleen, low platelet and haemoglobin counts, and problems with bones and joints.
Symptoms vary between people who have type 1 Gaucher disease. Some do not have any symptoms, but usually there is liver and spleen enlargement, and reduced haemoglobin and platelet count. In addition to these signs and symptoms, children often have delayed growth and development.5
People with type 2 and type 3 Gaucher disease may have similar signs and symptoms to people with type 1 Gaucher disease, although there is no bone disease in type 2. A major difference between the types is in the central nervous system (CNS).5,6
- Type 1 Gaucher disease does not directly affect the CNS, but damage to bones in the spine can lead to CNS problems
- Type 2 Gaucher disease has severe effects on the CNS. The disease progresses quickly, and it is usually fatal in infancy (age 2–4 years)
- Type 3 Gaucher disease also affects the CNS, and progresses slowly
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