Scientists discover stroke-causing gene defect

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11 August 2005, ROSTOCK, GERMANY - German scientists said Thursday they have discovered a rare genetic defect that causes strokes in young people.

11 August 2005

ROSTOCK, GERMANY - German scientists said Thursday they have discovered a rare genetic defect that causes strokes in young people.

The abnormality emerged in a study of 700 stroke victims aged 18 to 55. Doctors at the University of Rostock hospital said many suffered from a condition known as Morbus Fabry, where a certain enzyme is missing from the body, leading to blood vessels blocking.

That in turn caused strokes and organ failures.

Arndt Rolfs, who led the study, said 5 per cent of the stroke victims studied had Morbus Fabry.

That made it the biggest single cause of strokes in younger people, many of whom lack the usual characteristics of stroke victims such as high blood pressure, being overweight and smoking.

Professor Rolfs said young stroke victims should be checked for Morbus Fabry as enzyme replacement could help avoid further strokes. The enzyme therapy has been available for the past two years.

DPA

Subject: German news

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