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Sat Mar 8 17:31:59 EST 1997
On 3 Mar 1997 23:12:32 GMT, jstron1 at umbc.edu (strong john) wrote:
>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.
>jstron1 at umbc.edu
John, So you're saying that he gets hypergammaglobulinemia which is
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