Multidisciplinary Approach to Fabry Disease

Management of Fabry disease is complex due to the multisystemic nature of the disorder. A coordinated multidisciplinary approach is necessary to manage the varied clinical and psychological problems experienced by patients living with Fabry disease.1,2

It is important that there is active participation and communication between experienced members of a team that may include a geneticist, genetic counsellor, nephrologist, cardiologist, neurologist, gastroenterologist, psychologist, pain management specialist and primary care physician, among others.1,2

The provision of genetic counselling and family screening is also an important part of a comprehensive care plan for patients with Fabry disease.3

References

  1. 1.Eng CM, Germain DP, Banikazemi M, et al. (2006) Fabry disease: guidelines for the evaluation and management of multi-organ system involvement. Genet Med 8(9): 539-548.
  2. 2.Hopkin RJ, Jefferies JL, Laney DA, et al. (2015) The management and treatment of children with Fabry disease: A United States-based perspective. Mol Genet Metab.
  1. 3.Laney DA, Bennett RL, Clarke V, et al. (2013) Fabry disease practice guidelines: recommendations of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. J Genet Couns 22(5): 555-564.