Journal article

Clinical features of Fabry's disease in Australian patients

J Galanos, K Nicholls, L Grigg, L Kiers, A Crawford, G Becker

Internal Medicine Journal | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING ASIA | Published : 2002

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Anticipating the prospect of specific treatment, we studied a large group of Australians with Fabry's disease. AIMS: We aimed to: (i) document the clinical features of Fabry's disease in Australian patients, (ii) test the hypothesis that clinical features vary with specific mutation and blood group and (iii) assess small-fibre peripheral nerve function. METHODS: A questionnaire was forwarded to all Australian patients known to us. Patients were invited to attend for clinical, renal cardiac, ophthalmological and neurological assessment. RESULTS: Sixty-seven patients (29 men and 38 women) from 18 families participated. Diagnosis in index cases was delayed by > or = 10 years in near..

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