Lysosomal storage disorders

Overview

What are lysosomal storage disorders?

Lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) are a group of rare inherited disorders, including Gaucher disease, in which there is abnormal storage of large chemical molecules in various organ systems in the body. Little data is available on the prevalence of LSDs, however, it is thought that one in 5-8,000 newborn babies may suffer from an LSD.

LSD in children and young people can cause deterioration in the function and structure of several body organs such as the brain, skeleton, internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, lungs, heart and spleen.

Some LSDs are treatable but there is currently no specific treatment available for the majority. However early diagnosis and treatment may prolong life and reduce disability in some LSDs.

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  • Royal Free Hospital

    Pond Street
    London
    NW3 2QG

     

    Patient enquiries: 020 7472 6409 or rf.lsdu@nhs.net

     

    GP enquiries: 020 7830 2814 or 020 7472 6588

     

    We are located on the second floor of the Royal Free Hospital. Please take the lifts or stairs by the main reception from the entrance on Pond Street to the second floor, go through the swing doors, turn left and walk to the end of the corridor. Our offices are on the left.

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