Gaucher disease is hereditary and can affect several members of a family within a single generation.
Gaucher disease is hereditary, which means that the genes for the disease are passed from one generation to the next. A person with just one gene for Gaucher disease is a carrier. Carriers do not develop the disease but can pass the gene on to their children.
Both males and females are affected equally and the probability of having a child with Gaucher disease type 1 does not change, no matter how many children the parents have.
Remember, Gaucher disease type 1 is an inherited condition. If you have received a diagnosis of Gaucher disease, you and your family may want to talk to your doctor or a genetic counselor as there is a greater possibility that sisters, brothers, children, aunts, uncles, and first cousins may also have this disease, even if they do not have symptoms. Family members may be carriers who could pass the gene that causes Gaucher onto their children. Testing is the only way to know if you or family members have Gaucher disease. Get tested. It’s just a simple blood test.