Cardiac transplantation for Fabry's disease

Can J Cardiol. 1998 Jan;14(1):81-4.


Fabry's disease is a rare cause of cardiomyopathy. There are no previous reported cases of cardiac transplantation for end-stage cardiomyopathy secondary to Fabry's disease. Recurrence of disease in allografts following renal transplantation has been documented, but the course following heart transplantation is not known. A 53-year-old female presented with congestive heart failure and was found to have end-stage restrictive cardiomyopathy secondary to Fabry's disease, as diagnosed by endomyocardial biopsy. She underwent cardiac transplantation. Eight weeks post-transplantation, electron microscopy of an endomyocardial biopsy specimen showed concentric lamellar inclusions within myocytes similar to inclusions seen in the preoperative biopsy and the explanted heart. However, subsequent biopsies up to one year after heart transplantation did not show any such inclusions. There has been no clinical evidence of Fabry's cardiomyopathy. Heart transplantation is a viable option for end-stage Fabry's cardiomyopathy. However, long term follow-up is required to determine clinical outcome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Fabry Disease / complications
  • Fabry Disease / pathology
  • Fabry Disease / surgery*
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / etiology
  • Heart Transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged