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    Hi Everyone:

    I know our BIOMCH-L network is not a biomedical or medical list. But I think the following news regarding a strange disease, which is puzzling the whole medical communityto in China, may concern some experts in our community. If anyone has any comments, you may just respond to the address at the end of the text.


    Yonghua Lu
    Clemson University

    -------------Message copied from: "China News Digest - US Regional News (CND-US III)" , Feb. 10, 1995-----------------

    2. Reader Calling for Help: A Young Chinese Girl Is Slowly Being
    Eaten Away by a Strange Disease ............. 50
    Forwarded by: (James Ding) 2/9/95

    A young Chinese girl suffering from a mysterious infection that
    causes progressive necrosis of her right forearm and left hand is arousing
    great concern in the whole country. After fighting the disease for nearly
    four months without any success, doctors in Beijing are appealing for
    emergency help from colleagues arround the world.

    The thirteen year old girl, Yang Xiaoxia comes from a poor farm family in
    Shangdong province in east China. The girl has been tortured by the
    mysterious disease for 8 months. The disease first began as a black spot
    under a finger nail of her right hand suspected by a local clinic as a stab
    wound caused by small stick or barb. A local doctor tried to get something
    out of the black spot, but thing got worse. She began to suffer from
    paronychiais and the infection soon spread to the whole right forearm and
    the mid-finger on her left hand.

    After treatments in five different hospitals in provincial capital Jinan
    had all failed, the girls parents took her to Beijing. She has hospitalized
    in a Beijing military hospital since early November, but the disease
    continued to progress despite all out efforts by the city's most elite
    doctors. The doctors have to amputate one third of her right forearm
    and three fingers of her left hand. Although the spreed of the infection
    seems a little bit slower, still there was no sign the infection will stop.

    What puzzled the whole medical community is that from the appearance of
    the affected surfaces it looks like an infection, but the infection have
    failed to response to any exsiting antibiotics and hyperbaric oxgen
    treatment. Bacterior cultures have always been negtive.

    Officals of the city public health bureau have invited experts to probe
    into the mystirous disease and welcomes any suggestions from doctors
    arround the world.

    We will continue to update information on Yang Xiaoxia's condition.
    If you have any suggestions, please send e-mail to the following


    Dr. Xiangdong Huang

    Institute of Medical Information,
    27 Taiping Road,
    Beijing 100039,