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20 Diseases You've Probably Never Heard Of


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Wolman Disease
Symptoms of Wolman Disease include an enlarged spleen.
Symptoms of Wolman Disease include an enlarged spleen.
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This genetic disease is characterized by the complete absence of an enzyme required to break down certain fats in the body. These fats accumulate in tissues and organs, causing various symptoms that may include swelling of the abdomen, vomiting and enlargement of the liver or spleen.

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