Therapeutic Plasma Exchange in an Uncommon Disease: Stiff-Person Syndrome: Case Report

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Hergünsel O., Altun D. , Çukurova Z., Eren G., Yayla V.

TURKIYE KLINIKLERI TIP BILIMLERI DERGISI, cilt.32, sa.6, ss.1762-1765, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 32 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5336/medsci.2011-24476
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1762-1765


Stiff-Person syndrome (SPS) is a rare and disabling disorder characterized by continuous motor unit activity causing severe rigidity and episodic spasms in axial and limb muscles. It deteriorates the quality of life and causes a serious burden in the patient's life. It is frequently associated with other autoimmune diseases such as diabetes mellitus. Treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin, anti-anxiety drugs, muscle relaxants, anti-convulsants will improve symptoms, but will not cure the disorder. Therapeutic plasma exchange is an alternative treatment for the patients resistant to other treatment options. Here, we report a patient with SPS treated in intensive care unit and underwent therapeutic plasma exchange.