Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to first bring any symptoms to the attention of your family doctor. He or she might refer you to a doctor who specializes in blood disorders (hematologist) or to a doctor specializing in inherited disorders (geneticist).

What you can do

Before the appointment, you may want to write a list of answers to the following questions:

  • Has anyone in your family been diagnosed with Gaucher's disease?
  • Have any children in your extended family died before the age of 2?
  • What medications and supplements do you take regularly?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor might ask some of the following questions:

  • What are the symptoms and when did they begin?
  • Is there pain in the abdomen or bones?
  • Have you noticed that bruising occurs more easily? Any nosebleeds?
  • What's your family's heritage?
  • Are there any diseases or collection of symptoms that have occurred in several generations in your family?
July 02, 2015