FWD: Help required concerning unusual necrotic disease

Martin Latterich micro at mendel.berkeley.edu
Fri Feb 10 10:25:10 EST 1995


The following article has been crossposted from bionet.general. If
anybody has any suggestions, please contact Huangxd at BEPC2.IHEP.AC.CN


                        Sincerely,

                        Martin Latterich
                        BIONET.MICROBIOLOGY Discussion Leader
                        micro at mendel.berkeley.edu

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A young  Chinese girl suffering from a mysterious infection that
causes progressive necrosis of her right forearm and left hand is
arousing
great concern in the whole country. After fighting the disease for
nearly
four months without any success, doctors in Beijing are appealing for
emergency help from colleagues arround the world.
 
The thirteen year old girl, Yang Xiaoxia comes from a poor farm family
in
Shangdong province in east China. The girl has been tortured by the
2mysterious disease for 8 months. The disease first began as a black
spot
under a finger nail of her right hand suspected by a local clinic as a
stab
wound caused by small stick or barb. A local doctor tried to get
something
ou8t of the black spot, but thing got worse. She began to suffer from
paronychiais and the infection soon spread to the whole right forearm
and
the mid-finger on her left hand.
 
After treatments in five different hospitals in provincial capital
Jinan
had all failed, the girls parents took her to Beijing. She has
hospitalized
in a Beijing military hospital since early November, but the disease
continued to progress despite all out efforts by the city's most elite
doctors. The doctors have to amputate one third of her right forearm
and three fingers of her left hand. Although the spreed of the
infection
s8eems a little bit slower, still there was no sign the infection will
stop.
 
What puzzled the whole medical community is that from the appearance of
the affected surfaces it looks like an infection, but the infection
have
failed to response to any exsiting antibiotics and hyperbaric oxgen
treatment. Bacterior cultures have always been negtive.
 2
Officals of the city public health bureau have invited experts to probe
8into the mystirous disease and welcomes any suggestions from doctors
arround the world.
 
We will continue to update information on Yang Xiaoxia's condition.
I2f you have any suggestions, please send e-mail to the following
address:
 
   Huangxd at BEPC2.IHEP.AC.CN
 
Dr. Xiangdong Huang
 
Institute of Medical Information,
27 Taiping Road,
Beijing 100039,
China.
Tel:86-1-8215603
Fax:86-1-8213044
 



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