PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What causes Fabry disease?

ANSWER

You get Fabry disease from your parents. It's passed down through genes.

The problem is that your body can't make an enzyme called alpha-galactosidase A, which you need to break down fatty substances like oils, waxes, and fatty acids. When you have Fabry disease, you either were born without that enzyme or it doesn’t work right.

From: Fabry Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Emory University School of Medicine: "Fabry Disease: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed."

Genetics Home Reference, National Institutes of Health: "Fabry disease."

Medscape: "Fabry Disease."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Fabry Disease Information Page."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Fabry Disease."

Sunder-Plassmann, G. , 2006. Fabry Disease: Perspectives from 5 Years of FOS

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Emory University School of Medicine: "Fabry Disease: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed."

Genetics Home Reference, National Institutes of Health: "Fabry disease."

Medscape: "Fabry Disease."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Fabry Disease Information Page."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Fabry Disease."

Sunder-Plassmann, G. , 2006. Fabry Disease: Perspectives from 5 Years of FOS

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 13, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

What are symptoms of Fabry disease?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: