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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
BOGGIO, Paula; LUNA, Paula Carolina; ABAD, María Eugenia and LARRALDE, Margarita. Fabry disease. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2009, vol.84, n.4, pp. 367-376. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962009000400008.
Fabry disease is an uncommon, X-linked lysosomal storage disorder, caused by partial or complete deficiency of the enzyme a-galactosidase A. The defect leads to accumulation of uncleaved globotriaosylceramide on the vascular endothelium and visceral tissues, being the skin, heart, kidneys and central nervous system the most affected organs. We performed review of the literature related to the disease and emphasized that early recognition of angiokeratomas and hypohidrosis are key diagnostic signs of this serious disease. We also addressed the need of multidisciplinary assessment of these patients.
Keywords : Alpha-galactosidase; Angiokeratoma; Fabry disease.