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MSW Student Publishes Textbook Chapter Highlighting Rare Disease


A new textbook chapter written by Graduate School of Social Service student Mackenzie Lerario (GSS ’22) asserts the importance of the proper diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of an often-overlooked disease.

In the chapter, Lerario reviews the standard diagnostic evolution for Primary Angiitis of the Central Nervous System (CNS) — a rare disorder involving idiopathic inflammation of small and medium sized leptomeningeal and parenchymal arteries within the CNS — and covers several immunosuppressive agents used for maintenance therapy.

Set to publish this spring in Neuromethods, Vol. 170: “Cerebrovascular Disorders” with Springer Publishing, the chapter, titled “Primary Angiitis of the Central Nervous System,” provides needed attention to a disabling disease whose diagnosis, Lerario said, often goes unaccounted for.

“Primary Angiitis of the Central Nervous System is a disabling disease that can cause recurrent strokes and high mortality rates,” Lerario said. “Since the incidence of this form of vasculitis is one in a million, it is a diagnosis that is often missed if not thought of in the differential and appropriately evaluated for. Early immunosuppressive therapy initiation can be life- and disability-saving in patients diagnosed with Primary Angiitis of the Central Nervous System.”

You can read more and order the book here.


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