Immune system replacement or death by own cells

Why does the immune systems of some middle aged women suddenly turn against turn against them? Why are middle-aged women most vulnerable?

One woman Bari Martz began gasping for breath, her fingers turned blue and her hands became clentched with her joints so stiffened that she couldn’t even open her hands.  Death could be a consequence if something radical did not happen quickly
Doctors stored her own stem cells from her blood.  They destroyed her original misguided immune system and infused her own cultured stem cells.

Now two years later Bari rejuvenated immune system is helping her lungs and joints continue to heal; their functioning is greatly improved.

Scleroderma was the diagnosis. It is one of a family of autoimmune disorders that causes the body’s immune system to begin destroying its own cells causing thickening skin, stiffening joints, destroying blood vessels, and sometimes causing death through kidney and lung failure.

“The notion that more immuno-suppression is better is somewhat logical,” says Dr. Ellen Goldmuntz of the National Institutes of Health, which is funding some of the research. “The question’s how best to do it.”
Immune System Transplant Saves Woman – LAURAN NEERGAARD

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