How is Fabry disease treated?
Although Fabry disease cannot be cured, there are specific treatments that can help:
Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT)
- ERT provides people with a working version of the α-galactosidase A enzyme
- This treatment can help people who don't have the enzyme or those whose enzyme doesn't work well
Chaperone therapy (CT)
- CT helps enzymes to work better
- This treatment can help people with α-galactosidase A enzymes that don't work well, but only when they have certain changes in the gene
There are also complementary treatments that can help manage the symptoms, but they are not specific to Fabry disease.
It is important that you discuss the treatment options with your doctor, including lifestyle adjustments (diet and smoking cessation), which are also important.