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Keywords:

  • bone crisis;
  • bone pain;
  • enzyme replacement therapy;
  • Gaucher disease;
  • imiglucerase

The effect of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) on bone crisis and bone pain was investigated in patients with Gaucher disease (GD) type 1 followed over 4 years. Data from the International Collaborative Gaucher Group Gaucher Registry were used. Only patients with bone crisis and/or bone pain data for 1 year prior to ERT, and for each of 3 years after the start of ERT, were included. Bone crises were reported in 17% of patients during the year before starting ERT. The frequencies of bone crises decreased to 5%, <1% and 3% for 1, 2, and 3 years after initiation of treatment, respectively (p < 0.0001). Bone pain followed a similar pattern of response. Bone pain was reported in 49% of patients the year before treatment and decreased to 30% in the first year, 29% in the second year, and 30% in the third year of ERT (p < 0.0001). ERT is associated with a reduction in bone crisis and bone pain in patients with GD type 1 . This study shows that significant improvements in symptoms of skeletal disease are achievable clinical outcomes and treatment goals in GD type 1.