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POEMS Syndrome

What is POEMS Syndrome?

POEMS Syndrome is a rare disorder named for its main features: Polyneuropathy (peripheral nerve damage), Organomegaly (abnormal enlargement of organs), Endocrinopathy (damage to hormone-producing glands)/Edema, M-protein (an abnormal antibody) and Skin abnormalities (including hyperpigmentation and hypertrichosis).

 

 

POEMS Syndrome is a rare disorder named for its main features: Polyneuropathy (peripheral nerve damage), Organomegaly (abnormal enlargement of organs), Endocrinopathy (damage to hormone-producing glands)/Edema, M-protein (an abnormal antibody) and Skin abnormalities (including hyperpigmentation and hypertrichosis).

 

Acknowledgement of POEMS Syndrome has not been added yet.
Synonyms for POEMS Syndrome has not been added yet.
A plasma cell disorder is linked to the development of the disease, but specific details about this are not known. Increased cytokinesis levels, especially vascular endothelial growth factor, may be a factor in the development of the disease as well.
There are varying presenting symptoms due to the wide range of organ systems affected. Frequently, patients complain of symmetric distal weakness and paresthesia, peripheral edema, and painful diarrhea. Other general symptoms include impotence, shortness of breath, gynecomastia, amenorrhea, hyperpigmentation, hypertrichosis, hyperhidrosis, Raynaud phenomenon, skin tightening, and edema. Crow-Fukase also has skin, neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine, pulmonary, and other extracutaneous manifestations. Skin thickening, hyperpigmentation, angiomas, nail changes, and hypertrichosis are some skin manifestations of the disease. Motor and sensory deficiencies, loss of temperature sensation and nociception, and diminished deep tendon reflexes are some neurological manifestations. Stroke may be a cardiovascular manifestation. Individuals will often experience endocrinopathy, hypothyroidism, abnormal glucose metabolism, adrenal insufficiency, and hypocalcemia. They may also develop restrictive lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, respiratory muscle weakness, and isolated diminished diffusing capacity. Hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, Castleman’s syndrome, and lymphadenopathy may occur.
Both polyneuropathy and monoclonal plasma-proliferative disorder must be present, as well as sclerotic bone lesions, Castleman’s disease, organomegaly (splenomegaly, hepatomegaly, or lymphadenopathy), oedema (peripheral oedema, pleural effusion, or ascites), endocrinopathy, skin changes, or papilloedema.
Diagnostic tests of POEMS Syndrome has not been added yet
The treatment of Crow-Fukase disease depends on the underlying plasma cell disorder and the nature of the symptoms. Most patients are treated with corticosteroids, low-dose alkylators, blood stem cell transplantation, and chemotherapy. Other treatments include surgery and radiation.
This disease is chronic and patients with Crow-Fukase survive an average of 8 years. However, survival times are dependent on the extent of the presentation of Crow-Fukase disease.
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C It is crucial for individuals with Cushing’s syndrome to not push themselves too hard physically, eat healthily, and monitor their mental health. Cognitive issues resulting from Cushing’s syndrome may improve through mental exercises such as Sudoku. Pain can be alleviated with low-impact exercise, hot baths, and massages.
References of POEMS Syndrome has not been added yet.
Other POEMS patients Created by rmarino
Last updated 18 Apr 2011, 08:50 PM

Posted by arobin
18 Apr 2011, 08:50 PM

Marino have you been diagnosed and if so by whom? Arobin

Posted by rmarino
13 Mar 2009, 10:35 PM

Looking to share and compare my experiences with POEMS with other POEMS patients.

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