Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura - potentially fatal

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"MS is an inflammatory disease in which myelin sheaths around the axons of the brain and spinal cord are damaged thus affecting the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other effectively.
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Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura - potentially fatal

Postby » Sun, 02 Mar 2014, 9:25 pm

Thrombotic thrombocyotpenic purpura-hemolytic uremic syndrome or TTP
Prof G comments:
"The value of case reports and small case series can not be under estimated. The 3 cases below may be the tip of the iceberg. Why? Because there are another 4 cases reported in the literature."

The case reports below are very interesting and may prove to be something very important. All three MSers were female and were being treated with interferon-beta-1a (Rebif). They presented with a rare but serious disease called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura-hemolytic uremic syndrome or TTP. This disease is typically "autoimmune in nature [Another auto immune disease!] and results when an auto-antibody inhibits a protein in the blood that breaks down fibrils on the surface of the cells lining the blood vessels or endothelium."

If these fibrils are not cleaved they then are able to damage the platelets or small cells in the blood as they pass along the surface of the blood vessel wall. This results in clumping of platelets that block small blood vessels in many organs including the brain and kidney. The consumption of platelets causes a clotting problem and can result in bleeding. The fibrils also damage red blood cells by fragmenting them which releases their contents into the blood stream. The hemoglobin in term contribute to the damage of the kidney. TTP is a serious life-threatening disease; all three of the MSers described below developed kidney, or renal failure, and one died. Interestingly, only one of the cases was tested for the antibody against this enzyme and was negative. This is in keeping with the other cases described in the literature and suggests these cases have a different underlying mechanism that is responsible for the disease."

"These cases may represent a delayed and rare side effect of IFNbeta treatment. We will need to remain vigilant to see if any more cases surface. My bet is that it won't be long before the number of TTP cases rise."
It is amazing how all adverse events are blamed on "auto immune disease".
The study also mentions further adverse events attributable to IFNbeta treatment which are:
Cephalalgia, blurred vision, confusion, focal deficits, seizures and severe renal insufficiency - symptoms which are often attributed to the so called "Autoimmune MS"!
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