Gaucher disease is an inherited autosomal recessive disorder. Because Gaucher disease is inherited (passed from one generation to another), family members of people with the disease are also at risk for having it or are likely to be carriers of the Gaucher gene.
To understand the inheritance of Gaucher disease please
Gaucher disease affects people from all ethnic groups. But it is more common in Jewish people with ancestors (family) originally from central and eastern Europe (Ashkenazi Jews).
Members of families with a history of Gaucher disease may want to consider testing to determine whether they are carriers of Gaucher disease.
If you or a family member has Gaucher disease you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Find out more about managing your disease.