gamma heavy chain disease


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gamma heavy chain disease

Franklin's disease A disorder of older ♂, ranging from fulminant–ie, death in wks to prolonged–lasting 20 yrs; death is the norm in the 1st yr, often due to infection Clinical Presents as a lymphoproliferation with fever, fatigue, anemia, angioimmunoblastic lymphadenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly, uvular and palatal edema, eosinophilic infiltrates, leukopenia, autoimmune disease, TB, lymphoma Lab ↑ IgG1; most excrete < 1 g/day of paraprotein, rarely up to 20g/day Treatment Cyclophosphamide, vincristine, prednisone

gamma heavy chain disease

A rare disease whose hallmark is the production of abnormal immunoglobulins (made of gamma heavy chains) by malignant B-lymphocytes. Clinical findings may include lymphadenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly, arthritis, edema of the uvula, and infiltration of the skin and thyroid gland. Treatment includes therapy for the underlying disorders, including the particular type of lymphoma present.
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