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Cold Agglutinin Disease
Posted by: Patrice Brennan
Date: July 21, 2000 10:30 AM

My mother-in-law is 61 years old and had congestive heart failure and had to have a bypass and a valve replaced with a St. Judes valve. Since this occurred she has not recovered completely and started requiring blood. They would give her pints in the hospital and just within the last month they sent her to a blood doctor who said she had Cold Agglutinin Disease. We have not had any luck with finding information on this disease and now the doctor is saying that the blood transfusions don't seem to be working and he wants to start her on chemotherapy. Is this something that is done regularly for this type of disease? He says she did not have cancer. I have also read that if you get chemo it can kill the red blood cells, so how could this help?



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