mysterious ailment

Howard Homler 76212.32 at COMPUSERVE.COM
Sat Mar 8 17:31:59 EST 1997


On 3 Mar 1997 23:12:32 GMT, jstron1 at umbc.edu (strong john) wrote:

>Hi folks,
>
>A member of my family has an immune system problem and is getting steadily
>worse.  The doctors so far have no remedy aside from frequent plasma
>transfusions, which are becoming more frequent.
>
>What appears to be happening is that the immune system is able to generate
>an antibody response, but is unable to stop it once the foreign bodies
>have been taken care of.  The protein level in the blood rises, accompanied
>by severe bouts of weakness.  An ordinarly strong man in his early 50's
>can do nothing but crawl when the symptoms get bad.  A plasma transfusion
>plus a dose of albumin relieves the symptoms, but this remedy doesn't
>seem to be working anymore.  In fact, the hospital has ran out of the
>necessary drugs and (for the time being) he cannot get enough treatment.
>
>The doctors say that have not encountered someone with this problem before.
>I assume they have scoured the literature and the journals.
>But if there is someone else with this problem, it would be great for
>his doctors to know about it.  Please send me email if anybody can help.
>Thanks.
>
>John
>jstron1 at umbc.edu
John,  So you're saying that he gets hypergammaglobulinemia which is
polyclonal?  H2



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