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Tokai J Exp Clin Med. 1983 Jan;8(1):23-9.

A case of Fabry's disease.

Abstract

A case of Fabry's disease in a 22-year-old male patient who had mild proteinuria and dark-red eruptions is reported. He had been treated as a case of a so-called "chronic glomerulonephritis" for one year. However, histopathological findings of the renal biopsy specimens showed the presence of numerous vacuolated cells in the glomeruli. These vacuolated cells contained numerous electron dense bodies observed by electron microscopy. Skin lesions of this patient were consistent with those of angiokeratoma corporis. The levels of serum alpha-galactosidase were significantly lower than those of healthy controls. The mother of this patient also showed decreased levels of serum alpha-galactosidase. The pedigree of this patient showed a familial history of various types of renal diseases. It was postulated that Fabry's disease occurring in older patients has a worse clinical course. it is concluded that early detection of this disease through biopsy and the assay of serum alpha-galactosidase levels is important in managing the future course of patients with Fabry's disease.

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