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.
 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.
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- “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.
 ASK MS Articles
- Effect of Brain Irradiation on Demyelinating Lesions 1.2.L
- Release on Radiation Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis 126.96.36.199.b
- Total Lymphoid Irradiation in Chronic Progressive Multiple Sclerosis 188.8.131.52.c
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