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Life Threatening? No
Write-up: This spontaneous report was received from a physician via an online article and refers to a 20-year-old female patient. The patient''s medical history, concurrent conditions and concomitant medications were not reported. On an unknown date, the patient was vaccinated with a first dose of GARDASIL (route of administration, lot# and expiration date were not provided) for prophylaxis. On an unknown date, reported as within four months after her first GARDASIL shot, the patient developed symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig''s disease. The reporter stated that disease progressed very fast(the disease progressed more quickly than typical for young ALS patients). She died on an unknown date in August 2008 (reported as last August), reported as 28 months later (also reported as 13 months later), at the age of 22 years old. The cause of death was reported as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). An autopsy was performed. The autopsy results showed that the patient''s spinal cord was so inflammatory(also reported as distinct immunological features), 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 inflammatory (disorder) were considered to be medically significant. This is one of the several reports from the same reporter. Sender''s Comments: US-009507513-1812USA000380: US-009507513-1811USA012613: 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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