What are the treatments for Gaucher disease?

  • Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) helps replace that missing enzyme with an infusion (medication given through an IV) of the new enzyme.
  • Substrate Reduction Therapy (SRT) is an oral medication that helps reduce the amount of glucocerbroside to a level at which the amount of enzyme works and you/your child’s body can break it down.
  • Gene therapy is coming soon! Gene therapy is still in clinical trials, but the goal is to correct the gene in your/your child’s body. This way, the correct amount of functioning enzyme could be created.

Who is on my/my child's care team?

You/your child will see a geneticist (doctor who cares for people with genetic conditions) and a hematologist (a doctor who cares for people with blood disorders).

Genetics

Hematology

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