Coxarthritis as the Presenting Symptom of Gaucher Disease Type 1


Gaucher disease (GD) type 1 is the most common lysosomal storage disorder due to beta glucocerebrosidase deficiency leading to an abnormal accumulation of its substrate, glucocerebroside, in the mononuclear phagocyte system. The disease presentation is usually characterized by signs and symptoms related to hypersplenism, such as splenomegaly, anaemia, thrombocytopenia and leucopenia. Skeletal disease may occur later for the infiltration of bone marrow by macrophages infiltration and bone resorption: bone involvement may be heterogeneously manifested by symptoms ranging from bone crisis to avascular necrosis, osteoporosis and defect in remodeling of long bones. Herein, we report a patient in whom the osteoarticular involvement has been the only symptom of the disease stressing that this unusual presentation of GD has prompted a wide differential diagnosis with more common forms of coxitis.

DOI: 10.1155/2011/361279

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@inproceedings{Brisca2011CoxarthritisAT, title={Coxarthritis as the Presenting Symptom of Gaucher Disease Type 1}, author={Giacomo Brisca and M Di Rocco and Paolo P Picco and Maria Beatrice Damasio and Alberto Martini}, booktitle={Arthritis}, year={2011} }