Mexico's "first centre of excellence":
This article was originally published in Clinica
Mexico has officially inaugurated the lysosomal storage disorders unit of the General Gaudencio Gonzalez Garza hospital, declaring it as the first in a series of centres of excellence that are to be established under the national social security institute IMSS. The hospital, located in Mexico's federal district, is the country's only centre specialising in lysosomal storage disorders and capable of diagnosing conditions such as Gaucher's, Fabry's and Pompe's diseases. These chronic-degenerative conditions are associated with high mortality and morbidity rates in Mexico, due to their late or missed diagnosis, claims the hospital. Although they are not curable, the advent of enzyme-replacement therapy, combined with quality diagnostic and treatment monitoring services, is said to be significantly improving their management. The centre began to operate in mid-2005.