Irradiation (Total Lymphoid)

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Total lymphoid irradiation refers to the irradiation of all the parts of the body that contain lymphoid tissue. This includes the spleen and thymus. Irradiation is a type of therapy whereby radiation is applied to various parts of the body. This type targets lymphoid tissue, which contain lymphocytes such as T cells and B cells. The purpose of lymphoid tissue is to recognize foreign objects or antigens and to be involved in the activation of the immune system.


[edit] Total Lymphoid Irradiation and MS

  • This therapy has been used successfully in the treatment of other diseases, but has not yet been proven to work for people with MS.
  • It is an experimental therapy and should only be used when all other treatment options have failed.
  • Those who have a very progressive course of the disease generally use this therapy.

[edit] Studies

  • “The Effect of Total Lymphoid Irradiation and Low-Dose Steroids on T Lymphocyte Populations in Multiple Sclerosis: Correlation with Clinical and MRI Status.” J Neurol Sci. 1997 Nov 25;152(2):182-92.
  • “Modified Total Lymphoid Irradiation and Low Dose Corticosteroids in Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.” J Neurol Sci. 1997 Nov 25;152(2):172-81.
  • “Total Lymphoid Irradiation in Multiple Sclerosis.” J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 1994 Feb;57(2):154-63.

[edit] ASK MS Articles

  • Effect of Brain Irradiation on Demyelinating Lesions 1.2.L
  • Release on Radiation Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
  • Total Lymphoid Irradiation in Chronic Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

[edit] Sources

“Lymph Node.” Google Definitions. 2 Aug. 2004 <>.

“Multiple Sclerosis: Experimental Medical Treatments.” Web MD. 2004. 2 Aug. 2004 <>.

“Total Lymphoid Irradiation.” Dorlands Medical Dictionary. 2 Aug. 2004 <>.

For information purposes only. For specific advice and opinion, always consult a physician.
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