What is the treatment of Farber’s Disease?

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Jan 16, 2013
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  • Farber’s disease is a group of inherited biochemical disorder
  • The deficiency of ceramidase enzyme causes faber’s disease
  • There is no treatment available for farber’s disease yet.
  • Corticosteroids can help relieve the pain and symptoms

Farber’s disease is a group of inherited biochemical disorder which involves deficiency of an enzyme called ceramidase. The deficiency of this enzyme leads to harmful accumulation of certain in the body causing damage and inflammation in the joints, tissues and central nervous system. The disease can also affects other important parts of the body like liver, heart, and kidneys.

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Signs and symptoms

Symptoms can be noticed in the first few weeks after the baby is born. Some of the common signs and symptoms of farber’s Disease include:

  • Arthritis
  • Swelling in the lymph nodes and Joints
  • hoarsness
  • nodules under the skin
  • vomiting
  • joint deformity
  • Breathing Difficulties

treatment

Causes of farber’s Disease

The deficiency of ceramidase enzyme causes farber’s disease. It occurs when both the parents carry defective gene and pass it on to their children. The disorder affects both males and females.

Treatment

There is no treatment available for farber’s disease yet. But corticosteroids can help relieve the pain and symptoms. Bone marrow transplants can help the nodes or they can also be removed surgically.

What is the prognosis?

Most children with the classic form of Farber’s disease die by age 2. Individuals having a milder form of the disease may live into their teenage years.

 

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