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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
Serum protein abnormalities can be responsible for elevations of serum viscosity. When clinical disease results, this condition is termed hyperviscosity syndrome. Immunoglobulin complexes are a prominent cause of this syndrome. The acute illness in a patient with Sjörgren's syndrome, IgG-IgG complexes, and serum hyperviscosity was described in a previous report. After subsequent five-year follow-up, it has become apparent that the acute hyperviscosity syndrome in this patient was but one phase of a prolonged, perhaps life-long, illness. This five-year follow-up, which included observation of the effects of steroid therapy on the underlying disease process, is the subject of this report.
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