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Rivista di Angiologia
Official Journal of the , the International Union of Phlebology and the
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International Angiology 2002 June;21(2):201-3
Intermittent claudication unmasking underlying Fabry’s disease
Diamantopoulos E. J., Andreadis E. A., Vassilopoulos C. V., Marakomichelakis G. E.
4th Department of Internal Medicine, "Evangelismos" State General Hospital, Athens, Greece
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In a 53-year-old woman, admitted to our Department with leg pain, peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) was diagnosed. The absence of cardiovascular risk factors in this middle-aged woman, the unexplained burning pain during both effort and rest of the lower extremities mimicking severe ischemia, decreased sweating and cold induced Raynaud’s phenomenon raised the suspicion of an underlying predisposing disease. The coexistence of painful acroparesthesias, angiokeratomas, left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), corneal opacities and lenticular lesions suggested the diagnosis of Fabry’s disease, which was confirmed by low serum levels of a-galactosidase-A activity. This case, presented with intermittent claudication due to generalized atherosclerosis, is quite unusual, since Fabry’s disease rarely produces symptoms in female carriers.