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Love one is dieing from unknown illness at UCSD hospital

My aunt is a 51 year old Mexican female that is showing really odd symptoms of large blackish legions/blisters all over the body well as inside of her nasal cavity, mouth and respiratory system, body tissue swelling, low/high blood pressure, excessive/extreme pain. She is also have large harden lump show up on her back and chest. The blisters start as a form of a pimple with a dark center and then seem to turn into a type of spoil and are surrounded by inflammation.
My aunt has been tested for common and uncommon infections but all test come back negative. Some of these tests have been for Bubonic plague, Cellitus, Mrsa, Anthrax and common fungus related infections.
My family is running out of options and the doctors still do not know the cause of my aunt’s illness.        

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539750 tn?1226521677
I don't have any advice, but I wanted to say that I will be thinking of your family and hoping for the best.
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Hi,
How is your aunt? I'm sorry to hear what your family has been through for the past few weeks.  What specific tests were done? Was there culture and sensitivity testing or referral to a dermatologists/infectious specialist done? I know it is hard to be in the dark but hang on. Take care and hope to hear from you soon.
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thank you, positive energy is always a blessing
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First let me just thank you for taking the time to read my post. My aunt is still not doing will & her illness is still unknown at this time. I have been told by nursing staff that my aunt has been tested for venereal type of infections as well as other test for yeast & Fungi, Bacteria. She is also taking several kinds of antibiotics, but has yet to see sign of improvements. Doctor have remove tissue samples from the soft palette of her mouth and infected tissue from her arms. Doctors have also taking fluid samples from the legions/blisters. My aunt is now having complication with breathing due to having a collapsed lung, excessive amounts of flem, internal inflammation. Doctor inserted a breathing tube and has reduced some of the antibiotics so that they may start my aunt on a 3 day steroid program in hopes to reduced internal inflammation. There has also been several specialists visiting my aunt but nothing has been found yet. Its hard & we don’t want to expect any other out come then my aunt coming home.
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Hi,
How is your aunt? I hope and pray that she is better.  The complications should be first addressed to prevent worsening of symptoms. Are there results already of the culture and samples obtained? I also recommend that you have close communication with her doctors and know what their management plan and working diagnosis based from the laboratory results. This would help lessen the anxiety and doubts present. Hope to hear from you soon. Take care always.
1055486 tn?1277149397
Was wondering if they figured out what was wrong? I hope and pray she is still alive! I recently saw a show on Doctor Oz it was about a young man who had gotten HPV virus. Normally it would not have been as big of a deal but he had a problem with his immune system so it got out of control and he grew tree type stuff all over his body. Checking to see if she has an autoimmune system disease would be a good start. Could be like this young man she got something that should have been harmless but her immune system has let it run rampant. Update please I hope she is still alive!
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Hi,
How are you? Like marebob, I also would like to hear any news regarding your aunt's condition. Any news about the culture and samples obtained?  Was the steroid plan helped in reducing the inflammation present? Take care and do keep us posted.
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