Gastrointestinal phenotype of fabry disease in a patient with pseudoobstruction syndrome

JIMD Rep. 2012:4:25-8. doi: 10.1007/8904_2011_63. Epub 2011 Nov 4.


Fabry disease is a rare, X-linked inborn error of glycosphingolipid metabolism caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme α-galactosidase A. Progressive deposition of GL-3 starts early in life, presumably as early as in fetal life. Chronic burning or provoked attacks of excruciating pain in hands and feet in Fabry disease are common in most children as well as GI-symptoms.We describe a case of pediatric Fabry disease with gastrointestinal dysmotility symptoms as primary and most severe complaints. Colonic pseudoobstruction and necrosis developed by the age of 15 years. We hypothesize that this patient developed a gastrointestinal phenotype of pediatric Fabry disease that has not been described before.