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Gaucher Prevalence

Gaucher disease is a rare, genetic disorder that causes the accumulation of glucosylceramide, also known as glucocerebroside, (GL-1) in cells, resulting in progressive, multi-organ dysfunction.1 Gaucher disease type 1 can be effectively managed once diagnosed.2

Gaucher disease type 1 is more prevalent than you think

More than 90% of Gaucher disease patients are type 1.2 Although Gaucher disease type 1 is a rare genetic condition, it’s important to understand its occurrence in different patient populations.

Estimated prevalence of Gaucher disease3,4

GD1 is pan-ethnic, and occurs in ~ 1 in 40,000 in the general population

Pan-ethnic, and occurs in ~1 in 40,000 in the general population

GD1 is more common in people of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry

More common in people of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry

90% American Jews are Ashkenazi

American Jews are Ashkenazi

  • In patients of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, the frequency of Gaucher disease has a higher incidence (~1 in 850) than hematologic malignancies (~1 in 2,500).2
  • In patients of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, ~1 in 15 is a carrier.5
  • Despite the high frequency of Gaucher disease among patients of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, Gaucher disease type 1 is pan-ethnic.3
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  2. Mistry PK, Cappellini MD, Lukina E, et al. A reappraisal of Gaucher disease-diagnosis and disease management algorithms. Am J Hematol. 2011;86(1):110-115.
  3. Weinreb NJ. Pathophysiology, clinical features, and natural history of Gaucher disease. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2012;10(6) Suppl 8:3-6
  4. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. More Ashkenazi Jews have gene defect that raises inherited breast cancer risk. The Oncologist News Bulletin. 1996;1:335
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  8. Cox TM. Gaucher disease: clinical profile and therapeutic developments. Biol Targets Ther. 2010;4:299-313.
  9. Pleat R, Cox TM, Burrow TA, et al. Stability is maintained in adults with Gaucher disease type 1 switched from velaglucerase alfa to eliglustat or imiglucerase: A sub-analysis of the eliglustat ENCORE trial. Mol Genet Metab Rep. 2016;9:25-28.
  10. Shayman JA. Glucosylceramide synthase inhibitor treatment of type 1 Gaucher disease. Drugs Future. 2010;35(8):613-620.
  11. Deegan PB, Cox TM. Imiglucerase in the treatment of Gaucher disease: a history and perspective. Drug Des Devel Ther. 2012;6:81-106.