Linked or Coincidental? Opinions?

General discussion regarding Kawasaki disease
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Linked or Coincidental? Opinions?

Post by mdodson03 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:57 pm

So almost 28 years ago I came out of a fever induced coma thanks to KD. All things considered, everything has turned out peachy keen since. I only have a few remaining annoyances left over from that ordeal, but I'll gladly take a few weeks of random skin peeling and an unexplained cold sore here and then over what could have been the alternative. But something rather intriguing has turned up recently. I have an identical twin brother who was not bothered by a single autoimmune issue all his life until recently. Initially his specialist diagnosed him with Sjogren's syndrome, but escalated the issue to Rheumatoid Arthritis shortly after he didn't respond to treatment. Thankfully he got a 3rd and 4th opinion and it isn't RA, but probably Lupus. Which, as a lot of us know, is white coat speak for "we don't have a label for what you have right now, but it falls into this category of autoimmune stuff ". While the diagnosis isn't something to scream "yay!" about, it's still better than RA. Thank the gods for better living through modern chemistry.

Since we're identical twins (actually we're mirror image) and basically share the same everything, what are your opinions or thoughts that our immune systems were destined to have malfunctions? Why were the detonation times set so far apart? Better yet, why would one of us have a more/less severe disease than the other? Is it more biological or environmental.....or a perfectly devious combination of both? I have thought about sending Dr. Burns a note with a more detailed narrative, but it's purely anecdotal no matter how curious I am. So I figured I'd through it out publicly and see what kind of conversation it might create.

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