Lysosomal Storage Disease Center

The Lysosomal Storage Disease Center provides comprehensive care including consultation, evaluation, testing, diagnosis and treatment to children, teens and adults and their families living with lysosomal disease, a group of approximately 40 rare inherited conditions. We currently specialize in Gaucher disease, Fabry disease and Hurler syndrome. Our team includes experts from UCSF and Stanford, the two leading medical centers in Northern California. We specialize in different areas of medicine related to lysosomal storage disease and work closely together to provide your child with the best possible care.

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Lysosomal storage disease is caused by defects in the lysosomes, which are the compartments in the body’s cells that contain enzymes, the chemicals that break down other substances in the body. When a specific enzyme is missing or reduced, various substances build up in the lysosomes. Over time, excessive amounts of substances can cause damage to the body.

Children are most commonly affected by lysosomal storage disease and typically die in their teens or earlier, although some people live into adulthood. The disease causes progressive physical and/or mental deterioration. Symptoms of lysosomal storage disease vary in severity, depending on the particular kind and other factors such as age of diagnosis. They can include developmental delay, movement disorders, seizures, dementia, deafness and/or blindness. Some people with lysosomal storage disease have enlarged livers and enlarged spleens, lung and heart problems.

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You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Lysosomal Storage Disease Center
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (866) 476-2757
Fax: (415) 476-9976

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications your child is allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your child's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

What to Expect

    During you/your child's first visit, your child will meet with one of our experts who will conduct a thorough physical examination. He or she also will ask about your child's symptoms and record your child’s medical history.

    Lab tests, such as blood tests, and imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) scans may also be recommended or ordered.


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Renata C. Gallagher
Renata C. Gallagher, MD, PhD
Medical geneticist
Bonnie Taft
Bonnie Taft, PNP, MSN
Nurse practitioner