- Other Disorders
A cancer-like condition, but possibly an autoimmune dysfunction in which immune cells attack the body, rather than fight infections. Extra immune cells may form tumors, which can affect various parts of the body including the bones, skull, and other areas. Symptoms are varied due to it being systemic and therefore affecting the whole body. In children there will be a failure to thrive. Treatment will depend upon type and prevalent symptoms; corticosteroids, which suppress immune function, chemotherapy,and support care to relieve symptoms.
Caused by deposits of abnormal protein, called amyloid in tissues and organs throughout the body. Symptoms include; fatigue, weight loss, fluid retention, shortness of breath, numbness or a tingling feeling in the hands and feet, carpel tunnel syndrome, blood spots on the skin, an enlarged tongue. Treatment; Melphalan, to stop cells from multiplying, and prednisone (corticosteroid). Also treatment of manifesting symptoms.