Cracking a Cold Case
A 30-year-old medical puzzle leads researchers to develop a new molecular therapy
Roisin McGuigan |
Steven Francis, a patient at McGill University Health Centre, was at the center of a mystery. From an early age he had experienced fungal infections, an inflamed colon, shingles, respiratory problems, impeded growth, and a host of other problems. But no one could explain why.
At 33, he was referred to Donald Vinh, who went searching for answers. “When this patient was referred to me, I went over his entire file in detail, covering some 30 years and literally filling two large cardboard boxes. I also looked at his family history. Since the 1980s, many new immune deficiencies have been identified, and I was able to apply the knowledge from these advances to solve the case,” he says.
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