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Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development

pp 631-633

Fabry Syndrome

  • Anthony P. OdlandAffiliated withCenter for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University Email author 
  • , Wiley MittenbergAffiliated withCenter for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University


Alpha-galactosidase A deficiency; Anderson-Fabry syndrome; Angiokeratoma corporis diffusum; Ceramide trihexosidase deficiency; GLA deficiency; Hereditary dystopic lipidosis; OMIM 301500


An X-linked disorder affecting multiple organ systems characterized by an enzymatic defect due to a reduction in the catabolism of compounds comprising galactosyl, resulting in a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme α-galactosidase A. This deficiency leads to pathology in multiple organs.


This deficiency results in the altered metabolism and an accumulation of globotriaosylceramide and other neutral glycolipids in various tissues throughout the body such as the heart, peripheral, and central nervous systems leading to pathology in multiple organs. Fabry syndrome (FS) is an X-linked disorder that manifests in males as well as females. Although symptom presentation in females is variable, some females experience symptoms characteristic of their male ca ...

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