Hernia Mesh Induced A.S.I.A Syndrome

 Autoimmune/ Autoinflammatory disease is the body's immune system attaching self. It is responsible for diseases such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Graves Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and more. It is also responsible for symptoms such as chronic fatigue, joint pain and swelling, abdominal pain or digestive issues, recurring fever, swollen glands, hair loss, loss of teeth, loss of appetite and more. Most doctors simply ignore these patient complaints. But they are consistent and real. Dr. Petersen sees them in 70% of his hernia mesh patients. These problems and symptoms resolve after hernia mesh explant in 70% of patients. 

An adjuvant is something that stimulates the immune system. They are commonly added to vaccines to make them more potent. The problem is that this provocation of the immune system can be dysfunctional and dangerous. It was first described in women with silicone breast implants.

Recent work has shown the importance of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) in the regulation of autoimmune diseases such as Lupus. It may also be important in A.S.I.A. syndrome and point to treatment. It could also point to a non-invasive treatment of hernia mesh pain.

There are a few articles in the medical literature which say that ASIA syndrome is not associated with hernia mesh. These articles are contrary to Dr. Petersen's experience and Cohen et al in the first article below. The subset of patients with severe hernia mesh pain have a high incidence of ASIA syndrome.

Dr. Petersen has seen many cases of hernia mesh induced A.S.I.A. reversed by hernia mesh removal.

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