Nick Cannon Diagnosed With “Lupus Type of Thing.” The Medical Mystery Continues.

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A little while ago Nick Cannon almost died from “mild kidney failure,” which is sort of like “mild gunshot wound,” it doesn’t really exist.

Nick Cannon continues to be a medical mystery.  Soon after recovering from “mild kidney failure” he now has a “Lupus type of thing.”  Is this Lupus, or another autoimmune illness?  It’s going to be hard for Nick to be a spokesperson for his foundation to find a cure for a Lupus type of thing.  It doesn’t even look good on a T-shirt. “Cure Lupus type of thing.”  Heck, it doesn’t even fit on a baseball cap.  His wife can’t find a rhyme for it to work it into a song.

So here’s one celebrity I wish would have a medical doctor announce his illnesses from now on.  No more of these weird un-diseases that sound more ominous than the real thing.  If it truly is unknown, I want a medical profession to state that.  “It’s a Lupus-type thingy,” would be at least worth a laugh.

If Nick has Lupus bad enough to have had kidney failure from it, this is what we’d call a “way bad sick” case.  Not only is his Lupus advanced, as an African-American his risk of failure after kidney transplant is not good.  (unfunny abstract below).

I think it’s time for Nick to re-evaluate his public presentation about what’s going on.  Here in Maine we’d say:  “He’s wicked sick, and we’re holding a bean supper to help him and the missus out.”  There’s a time for cool, and there’s a time to avoid the “death type of thing.”

Lupus. 2012 Jan;21(1):3-12. Epub  2011 Oct 5.

Kidney transplantation outcomes in African-, Hispanic- and Caucasian-Americans with lupus.


Division of Nephrology, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, 1120 NW 14th Street, Suite 360E, Miami, FL 33136, USA.


African-American recipients of kidney transplants with lupus have high allograft failure risk. We studied their risk adjusting for: (1) socio-demographic factors: donor age, gender and race-ethnicity; recipient age, gender, education and insurance; donor-recipient race-ethnicity match; (2) immunologic factors: donor type, panel reactive antibodies, HLA mismatch, ABO blood type compatibility, pre-transplant dialysis, cytomegalovirus risk and delayed graft function (DGF); (3) rejection and recurrent lupus nephritis (RLN). Two thousand four hundred and six African-, 1132 Hispanic-, and 2878 Caucasian-Americans were followed for 12 years after transplantation. African- versus Hispanic- and Caucasian-Americans received more kidneys from deceased donors (71.6%, 57.3% and 55.1%) with higher two HLA loci mismatches for HLA-A (50%, 39.6% and 32.4%), HLA-B (52%, 42.8% and 35.6%) and HLA-DR (30%, 24.5% and 21.1%). They developed more DGF (19.5%, 13.6% and 13.4%). More African- versus Hispanic- and Caucasian-Americans developed rejection (41.7%, 27.6% and 35.9%) and RLN (3.2, 1.8 and 1.8%). 852 African-, 265 Hispanic-, and 747 Caucasian-Americans had allograft failure (p < 0.0001). After adjusting for transplant era, socio-demographic-immunologic differences, rejection and RLN, the increased hazard ratio for allograft failure of African- compared with Caucasian-Americans became non-significant (1.26 [95% confidence interval 0.78-2.04]). African-Americans with lupus have high prevalence of risk factors for allograft failure that can explain poor outcomes.

PMID: 21976401

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