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Write-up: This spontaneous report was received from a physician via an online article and refers to a 14-year-old female patient. The patient''s medical history, concurrent conditions and concomitant medications were not reported. On an unknown date in 2008, the patient was vaccinated with a third dose of GARDASIL (route of administration, lot# and expiration date were not provided) for prophylaxis. On an unknown date in 2008 (also reported as nearly two years before 20-MAR-2009), reported as just months after her third and final booster GARDASIL shot, the patient developed degenerative muscle disease. She tripped on a hurdle than others in her class cleared easily. Moreover, the disease rapidly progressed; both her legs and then her arms became weak. She began to limp and had trouble gripping objects. The patient also felt pins and needles in her feet and her muscles athropied. The reporter stated that the disease progressed very rapidly, more quickly than typical for young ALS patients. Within a year, the patient was paralyzed (also reported as nearly completely paralyzed), a quadriplegic and was breathing only with the help of life support, but throughout the course of her illness her mind was as sharp as ever. Shortly afterwards, the patient died on an unknown date in March 2009, at the age of 15 years old. The cause of death was reported as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig''s disease. The autopsy was performed on an unknown day. The autopsy results showed that the patient''s spinal cord was so inflammatory, very different that normally seen in ALS (as reported). The reporter considered amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to be related to GARDASIL. The physician reported that both the timing of the symptoms and autopsy results "suggest a link between" the vaccine and the fatal cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig''s disease. She also stated that with only two confirmed cases, they did not know for sure if it was coincidence or if they were connected to the vaccine. The pathology features all supported a temporal association between the illness and vaccination. The relatedness between the spinal cord inflammatory and GARDASIL was not provided. Upon internal review, the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal cord disorder were considered to be medically significant. Additionally, the event of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis was considered as caused disability. This is one of the several reports from the same reporter. Sender''s Comments: US-009507513-1812USA000379: US-009507513-1812USA000380: Reported Cause(s) of Death: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Autopsy-determined Cause(s) of Death: Spinal cord was so inflammatory. That is very different from what we normally see in ALS.
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