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Cause

What Causes Gaucher disease?

People with Gaucher disease lack sufficient activity levels of an enzyme called glucocerebrosidase. This enzyme helps the body break down worn-out cells and as a result of the enzyme deficiency, a fatty substance called glucocerebroside accumulates in the spleen, liver, bone marrow and sometimes in the central nervous system.

Click on the link to watch an animation that illustartes how Gaucher disease affects cells:Gaucher cell