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Old 03-25-2006, 07:46 PM   #1
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Wink fusions of patients with auto-immune disorders ???

Here is a question for those who know about Autro-Immune disorders: With the hardware and fusion materials used for the fusion...could your immune system reject the metals and fusion material recognizing them as a foreign or enemy part? Someone asked me if that could be why my fusion failed and if that might happen again the next time around and I did not have an answer. I hadn't thought about it. Due to Auto-immune disorers, my body has already rejected my thyroid and my ovaries, recognizing them as foreign parts. It's an interesting question, I thought.

Any thoughts on this?


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Old 03-26-2006, 04:17 PM   #2
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Re: fusions of patients with auto-immune disorders ???

Hello Lorie-
I have run across several references to immunocompromised patients as high risk patients for fusion failure - but the specifics escape me just now. I will be doing some reading tonight on just this so I'll report tomorrow. You'll probably have a hundred responses by then but ... we'll see. Night - Suzy-Q

Old 03-27-2006, 10:35 AM   #3
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Re: fusions of patients with auto-immune disorders ???

I think it depends on the auto-immune disorder. For example, if someone with systemic lupus were to contract AIDS, they would either die immediately or not be able to develop AIDS (just be a carrier possibly). I have systemic lupus and at 1-1/2 years post-op I'm finally fusing. I haven't rejected the hardware (it's stainless steel).

However, the lupus made my recover that much more difficult on a number of fronts and I have to be extremely careful about any kind of infection or bleeding.

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