Gamma heavy chain disease
Other Names for this Disease
- IgG heavy chain disease
- Franklin disease
- Gamma heavy chain deposition disease
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antibodies. Antibodies are made up of light chains and heavy chains. In this disorder, the heavy chain of the gamma antibody (IgG) is overproduced by the body. Gamma heavy chain disease mainly affects older adults and is similar to aggressive malignant (cancerous) lymphoma. However, some people with this disorder have no symptoms. People with symptoms may respond to chemotherapy drugs, corticosteroids, and radiation therapy. Approximately one-third of individuals with gamma heavy chain disease are also diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder.Gamma heavy chain disease is characterized by the abnormal production of
Last updated: 7/25/2010
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- The Merck Manual Home Edition for Patients and Caregivers provides more information on heavy chain diseases.
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- The Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals provides more detailed information on heavy chain diseases.
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