October 2011 New Compassionate Allowance Conditions

Among the 13 new conditions are the following:

Malignant Multiple Sclerosis is a rare but extremely aggressive form of MS where the disease advances very quickly. It leads to rapid disability and death. It is also known as Marburg's Variant of Multiple Sclerosis. It usually strikes younger people and can be preceded by fever. www.mult-sclerosis.org

Paraneoplastic Pemphigus is an autoimmune disorder that leads to blistering and erosions of the skin and can cause mucous membranes in patients with malignancy. Most common malignancies include lymphoma, leukemia and Castelman disease. Organ systems such as the gastrointestinal, respiratory or renal organ systems may be involved. www.arupconsult.com

Multicentric Castleman Disease is a rare illness that affects your lymph nodes and other immune-cell structures in your body. It involves an overgrowth of lymphatic cells and is similar to other cancers of the lymphatic system. Although it is not considered a cancer, it is associated with lymphoma, a higher risk of type of cancer. Castleman disease can occur in a localized or widespread form. www.mayoclinic.com

Pulmonary Kaposi Sarcoma (KS) is typically recognized as a malignancy associated with acquired auto immuno deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The first signs of this condition are typically lesions that can be black or brown that will increase in size and number as the disease progresses. Symptoms associated with KS include breathlessness, cough, fever and wheezing. KS can be diagnosed by using computed tomography (CT) scanning. http://emedicine.medscape.com