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Plasma exchange for primary autoimmune autonomic failure

Authors

  • C. Schroeder
  • S. Vernino
  • A.L. Birkenfeld
  • J. Tank
  • K. Heusser
  • A. Lipp
  • T. Benter
  • C. Lindschau
  • R. Kettritz
  • F.C. Luft
  • J. Jordan

Journal

  • New England Journal of Medicine

Citation

  • N Engl J Med 353 (15): 1585-1590

Abstract

  • We report on a patient with long-standing severe autonomic failure that affected his sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Antibodies against the ganglionic acetylcholine receptors were detected in the serum. Removal of the antibodies by means of plasma exchange resulted in a dramatic clinical improvement.


DOI

doi:10.1056/NEJMoa051719