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Treatments & Research
We are working diligently to gather information worldwide of different treatment protocols, their successes and failures, the families' stories and refine the efforts of treating OMS. Our mission is to find a cure for these kids. The Rhythm of Life Foundation is partnering with VCU Medical center to launch a research program for the efficacy of Plasmapheresis in OMS patients. We need to raise $1,000,000 to get us started. The cost for one child to go through the extensive protocol is well over $100,000 not including travel and lodging expenses. Please use the link here to donate to this program and help cure OMS!!
Not all OMS patients are created equal...and not all treatments will work for every patient. For some kids, none of the treatments work.
ACTH
The "Gold Standard" in acute onset treatment. ACTH is a steroid used in high doses and given subcutaneously. 
Rituxan
Research studies have been conducted with some success in the use of Rituxan.This is typically a 4 week protocol and each infusion is done in a hospital setting.
IVIg
Often used in conjunction with other treatments as a replacement therapy. It is done in a hospital or clinical setting typically every 3-4 weeks.
Cytoxan
This is an aggressive chemotherapy approach that acts as an immuno-suppressant, especially when long term steroid use has proven unreliable.
Predisone
This is a steroid often used in high pulse doses in the place of ACTH. It is also used as maintenance steroids when OMS is chronic. It is also used as a "rescue treatment" during and illness to protect the brain.
Plasmapheresis
This is an uncommon approach that is currently being studied for it's use in chronic OMS patients. The process removes the malfunctioning antibodies and replaces them with donor plasma.