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Other Names for this Disease
- Sphingomyelin lipidosis
- Sphingomyelinase deficiency
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hepatosplenomegaly), failure to gain weight and grow at the expected rate (failure to thrive), and progressive deterioration of the nervous system. Due to the involvement of the nervous system, Niemann-Pick disease type A is also known as the neurological type. There is currently no effective treatment for this condition and those who are affected generally do not survive past early childhood. Niemann-Pick disease type A is caused by mutations in the SMPD1 gene. It is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern.Niemann-Pick disease is an inherited condition involving lipid metabolism, which is the breakdown, transport, and use of fats and cholesterol in the body. In people with this condition, abnormal lipid metabolism causes harmful amounts of lipids to accumulate in the spleen, liver, lungs, bone marrow, and brain. Niemann-Pick disease type A appears during infancy and is characterized by an enlarged liver and spleen (
Last updated: 4/17/2014
- Niemann-Pick disease. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). January 2008; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/niemann-pick-disease. Accessed 4/17/2014.
- NINDS Niemann-Pick Disease Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). October 6, 2011; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/niemann/niemann.htm. Accessed 4/17/2014.
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- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.