What is Cryoglobulinemia?
Cryoglobulinemia is a disease when blood levels of immunoglobulins called cryoglobulins increases to over 100 mg/L.
It may lead to several complications such as: skin necrosis, liver, heart and kidney failure, death.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms are defined by type of cryoglobulinemia. Most common symptoms are:
- Raynaud’s phenomenon
- skin ulcers
- difficulty breathing
- susceptibility to infection
- vessel inflammation
- joint pain
- neurological symptoms
- skin necrosis
- liver dysfunction
Cryoglobulinemia is a disease related to another, most common to Hepatitis C or B, blood cancer and autoimmune disease or it
may be also single disease.
Since cryoglobulinemia is most often accompanied by other diseases it is important
to treat ‘main’ illness with symptomatic treatment of cryoglobulinemia.
Patient should also avoid cold by wearing gloves and warm socks.