What is VEXAS syndrome and how does it differ from the symptoms of the coronavirus and pneumonia?
Every sore throat or cough seems to be a terminal illness right now. Although the symptoms of the coronavirus and pneumonia are similar, one of the lesser-known health dangers for older Americans is something different. The medical term for this illness is VEXAS syndrome.
What is the definition of VEXAS syndrome?
VEXAS syndrome is an inflammatory illness that affects adults (mainly men) and is caused by somatic mutations rather than germline alterations. This condition is distinguished by the adult onset of rheumatologic symptoms at a mean age of 64 years. It's also quite surprising that you can still make such findings despite all of the biomedical research that's being done."
Every person who has this syndrome has a mutation in the X chromosome that codes for the enzyme E1, which makes them susceptible to this condition. This is because males only have one X chromosome, therefore, the FDA has not approved treatment for this condition. However, a phase II clinical investigation is underway to ascertain whether or not blood stem cell transplantation may treat or cure the disease.