Predicting the probability of Gaucher disease in subjects with splenomegaly and thrombocytopenia

Splenomegaly Gaucher group, Irene Motta, Dario Consonni, Marina Stroppiano, Christian Benedetto, Elena Cassinerio, Barbara Tappino, Paola Ranalli, Lorenza Borin, Luca Facchini, Andrea Patriarca, Wilma Barcellini, Federica Lanza, Mirella Filocamo, Maria Domenica Cappellini

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Hematologists are frequently involved in the diagnostic pathway of Gaucher disease type 1 (GD1) patients since they present several hematological signs. However, GD1 is mainly underdiagnosed because of a lack of awareness. In this multicenter study, we combine the use of a diagnostic algorithm with a simple test (β-glucosidase activity on Dried Blood Spot) in order to facilitate the diagnosis in a population presenting to the hematologist with splenomegaly and/or thrombocytopenia associated with other hematological signs. In this high-risk population, the prevalence of GD1 is 3.3%. We propose an equation that predicts the probability of having GD1 according to three parameters that are routinely evaluated: platelet count, ferritin, and transferrin saturation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2594
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

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