The Superficial Siderosis Patient Registry

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  Your Superficial Siderosis community advocates, the Living With Superficial Siderosis website and The Silent Bleed -Your Superficial Siderosis Charity have joined together in a grassroots effort to support the launch of a patient-powered registry. You are being asked to take part. Before you agree to participate in this volunteer effort, it is important that you understand what this registry is about and what will be done with the information that you provide.  The disadvantages we fight include the geographic distance between our community members and finding interested researchers or healthcare industry partners. Superficial Siderosis patient member groups on social media have been our primary means of communication. Recent Facebook group discussions led to the realization our Superficial Siderosis community needs a patient registry accessible through a web-based platform. After some consideration, it seemed the most cost-effective way to a Superficial Siderosis patient registry was to build the first one ourselves. This website takes advantage of internet security protocol, registration requirements, and restricted member login for access to profile and survey areas. Our personal information will be stored the same as yours. No information will ever be offered for sale. No identifying information will ever be disclosed without your express consent.  There are three registration…

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The Results Are In

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“Does Deferiprone provide a clinical benefit to the superficial siderosis patient?”   If you remember, the April 2017 edition of The Neurology Journal gave us an early peek at what the study findings might be in the final revision of Two-year Observational Study Of Deferiprone In Superficial Siderosis¹. The study was released this past December 28th, and the results have been published. This blog post is our cliff note version of the study, keeping in mind, we’re not medical researchers or doctors.   Initial recruitment included 48 participants.   Nine withdrew from the study because their insurance wouldn’t cover the off-label use of Ferriprox and one for other reasons. 38 people began the investigation, and over the course, two dropped out because of neutropenia concerns, four dropped for cost issues and one left for unrelated health reasons. 31 people completed the study. Each participant submitted a current neurological exam, a baseline MRI and prescribed a beginning dosage of 1,000 mg of Deferiprone taken twice daily on a five day on two days off dosage cycle. Adjustments were made to the dosage schedule for those with fatigue complaints to 500mg in the morning and 1,500mg in the evening.   All participants…

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Superficial Siderosis Webinar Transcript

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Superficial Siderosis Webinar Transcript Presented by Dr. Michael Levy   To view the recorded webinar you may watch here Download a copy of the transcript and slides  here Click on the individual slide to view larger   Hi, my name is Dr. Michael Levy. I’m an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a neurologist. I see patients with Superficial Siderosis of the nervous system. This webinar was really a joint effort with my patients on Facebook, who recruited me to present a twenty to thirty minute overview about Superficial Siderosis. Today I’ll go through just kind of the broad strokes of the pathophysiology of the disease, at least the parts we understand. We’ll work out the treatment options that are available. First, what is Superficial Siderosis? In broad brush strokes, Superficial Siderosis is an iron overload condition of the brain and spinal cord. Patients with Superficial Siderosis do not have an overall iron overload condition. The total body iron levels are normal, but the iron is distributed to the wrong place. There should not be iron on the surface of the brain and spinal cord. It is toxic in those locations, and that is the basis of…

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Superficial Siderosis Webinar

Superficial Siderosis Webinar

Superficial Siderosis Webinar In this webinar, Dr. Michael Levy, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Neurology explains just precisely what Superficial Siderosis is. Listen to an explanation of the known causes, how your doctor will make the diagnoses and what your treatment options are in this easy to understand 30-minute presentation. To view a written transcript of this webinar click here To download the transcript and slides in .pdf form click here     Huge thanks to James Hines for coordinating this webinar and Dr. Micheal Levy

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