Blood Test Plus Algorithm Might Help to More Easily Spot Gaucher Type 1

Blood Test Plus Algorithm Might Help to More Easily Spot Gaucher Type 1

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Blood Test Plus Algorithm Might Help to More Easily Spot Gaucher Type 1

An enlarged spleen or low platelets counts — or both — in a person with difficult-to-diagnose complaints may be a sign of type 1 Gaucher disease (GD1), a study suggests. Doctor should assess the activity of the beta-glucocerebrosidase enzyme — the protein defective in Gaucher disease — in dried blood spots, such as those collected for newborn screening. Combining this “simple, cheap, and easy-to-do test” with a computer algorithm that integrates three blood measures can…

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