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Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome (EMS)

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Overview
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Overview

Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome. In October 1989, the health department in New Mexico was notified of 3 patients with an unexplained acute illness characterized by intense myalgias and peripheral blood eosinophilia. Within weeks, a nationwide outbreak of this disease occurred. The disorder was termed eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS). Medscape.

Causes

Causes of Eosinophilia-myalgia. Eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome is an inflammatory response that is largely thought to be caused by a chemical contaminant or metabolite of L-tryptophan found in over-the-counter sleep aid and other formulations. Wrong Diagnosis, 2010.

Diagnosis

Eosinophilic Fasciitis & Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome Diagnosis is made by looking at a sample (biopsy) of affected skin. It is thought that EF is a type of scleroderma. About.com. (Also see Eosinophilic Fasciitis)

Patient Stories

Faith Rumph: Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome (EMS) I am one of several thousand Americans who became ill from ingesting contaminated over-the-counter L-tryptophan, an amino acid dietary supplement...

Gillian: Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome or Eosinophilic Fasciitis My arms and legs still feel really hard and are very inflexible. I can't fully open my hands or point my toes...

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