DOI: 10.1177/03000605231220887 ISSN: 0300-0605

A rare disease in adult women: Gaucher disease

Shian Yu, Hang Yuan, Yong Cao
  • Biochemistry (medical)
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • General Medicine

Gaucher disease is a rare, autosomal recessive disorder caused by inborn errors of metabolism. Globally, more than 27 million people are born each year, and approximately 19,000 neonates are born with lysosomal storage disease. We report a rare case of Gaucher disease in an adult female patient of non-consanguineous parents in a subtropical area of Jiangxi Province, China. This area has a high prevalence of schistosomiasis. The diagnosis of this case posed a great challenge because of the possible differential diagnoses of pancytopenia with hepatomegaly and giant splenomegaly. The key component of the patient’s diagnosis was her medical history in which it was documented that her brother had died of hepatocellular carcinoma of unknown origin. We diagnosed the patient through a combination of a pathological biopsy and imaging plus the patient’s medical history.

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