Saturday, January 22, 2011

Why are we not looking at lymph nodes to find XMRV ?


I know that the “hot” topic of the moment is whether XMRV or the gamma retroviruses in general can be transmitted by way of blood donation, but I would like to back off for a minute and survey the problem.

I happened to be watching “And the Band Played On” last night, and I noticed that they were looking at material from lymph nodes, not from blood draws, when they discovered HIV.

That’s very interesting for those of us who suffer from M.E. (given the hopelessly dismissive name “chronic fatigue syndrome” by the U.S. CDC in 1988), because, at least for those of us in the U.S., tender lymph nodes are a major characteristic of the disease.

Dr. David Bell once pointed out that patients with this disease can point to lymph nodes other people don’t even know they have.

Why are we not looking at lymph nodes instead of just blood serum?

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