Gaucher disease is an inherited disorder that affects many of the body’s organs and tissues. From infancy to adulthood, Gaucher can be diagnosed in most all age groups. Gaucher is the result of a buildup of certain fatty substances in certain organs, particularly the spleen and liver, causing these organs to become enlarged, affecting their normal function. Type 1 is the most common, and is called non-neuronopathic Gaucher disease because the brain and spinal cord are typically not affected. Types 2 and 3 are known as neuronopathic because they typically do affect the brain and spinal cord. Type 2 is usually life-threatening beginning in infancy. Type 3 also affects the nervous system, but usually progresses more slowly than type 2. One person out of 50,000 – 100,000 is affected by this Gaucher. However, Type 1 is present 1 in every 500 to 1000 people of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. In this program, we will meet leading medical researchers who work diligently to better understand and manage this condition, and we’ll spend time with Gaucher patients and their families who live with this often debilitating disease. (3206)
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