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- Acid Cholesteryl Ester Hydrolase Deficiency, Wolman Type
- Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency, Wolman Type
Wolman disease is a rare genetic disorder characterized by complete absence of an enzyme known as lysosomal acid lipase (LIPA or LAL). This enzyme is required to breakdown (metabolize) certain fats (lipids) in the body. Without the LIPA enzyme, certain fats may abnormally accumulate in the tissues and organs of the body causing a variety of symptoms. Wolman disease may cause bloating or swelling of the stomach (abdominal distention), vomiting, and significant enlargement of the liver or spleen (hepatosplenomegaly). Life-threatening complications often develop during early childhood. Wolman disease is caused by mutations of the lysosomal acid lipase (LIPA) gene. The disorder is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.
Wolman disease is the most severe expression of LIPA deficiency. Milder forms of the disorder are known as cholesteryl ester storage deficiency (see the Related Disorders section of this report). Wolman disease belongs to a group of diseases known as lysosomal storage disorders. Lysosomes are particles bound in membranes within cells that break down certain fats and carbohydrates. Defective lysosomal enzymes associated with Wolman disease leads to the accumulation of certain fatty substances (mucolipids) and certain complex carbohydrates (mucopolysaccharides) within the cells of many tissues of the body.
Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases (CLIMB)
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Vaincre Les Maladies Lysosomales
2 Ter Avenue
Tel: 01 69 75 40 30
Fax: 01 60 11 15 83
National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, Inc.
2001 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02146-4227
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20036
Children's Liver Disease Foundation
36 Great Charles Street
Birmingham, Intl B3 3JY
Tel: +44 (0) 121 212 3839
Fax: +44 (0) 121 212 4300
Lysosomal Diseases New Zealand
16 Woodleigh Place
Tauranga, Intl 6008
Tel: 07 544-8868
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hide & Seek Foundation for Lysosomal Disease Research
6475 East Pacific Coast Highway Suite 466
Long Beach, CA 90803
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