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Definition of Farber disease
Farber disease, also known as Farber lipogranulomatosis, describes a progressive inherited metabolic disorder in which excess amounts of lipids (ceramide) build up to harmful levels in the cells of different organs and tissues causing damage and inflammation.
Farber disease is a rare metabolic disease with three hallmark symptoms that appear in most patients in childhood:
- joint disease (swollen or painful joints with impaired movement)
- inflammatory bumps or nodules under the skin
- a weak or hoarse voice
These symptoms can appear at any age and in any order. They can also vary in severity and in how quickly they progress, often making Farber disease difficult to diagnose. Most patients are initially misdiagnosed as having juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) the most common type of inflammatory joint disease in children.