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Week of January 6, 2002

    Question:   Is it possible to develop a lumbosacral plexopathy as the result of having lupus? When a person has a lumbosacral plexopathy with sensory and motor nerve damage, do a significant number of individuals fully recover or do just some recover? Can a plexopathy reoccur?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 20-year-old woman and I have just been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). The symptoms I have are extensive. I have easy bruising, soft and doughy skin, translucent skin, hypermobility in my hands and knees, and joint pain. Can you possibly tell me the type of EDS I have and how to definitively receive a specific diagnosis? Could you also tell me some of the complications I should expect from having EDS?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have one child and was told during the pregnancy that I am Rh negative and sensitized and never received RhoGAM. I don't know if this will help any, but my doctor said that 1:16 is considered critical for an antibody titer and I remember mine being much higher. I was told to not have any more children without having intrauterine blood transfusions during the pregnancy. How successful is this procedure and what can I expect? What will the health of the baby be like having this procedure?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer