Ashton Kutcher says he’s ‘lucky to be alive’ after rare disorder temporarily took his vision and hearing.
In a sneak peek of a new episode of “Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge,” obtained by Access Hollywood, Kutcher said he developed a rare autoimmune disorder called vasculitis, which can cause inflammation of the blood vessels.
He said that about 2 years ago, he got this super rare form on vasculitis that knocked out his vision, then followed by the loss of hearing. He also mentioned that it knocked out all his equilibrium. It was scary and made it very difficult for him to continue with his career as well as the show. He is lucky to be alive.
About Ashton Kutcher
Christopher Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, model, producer, and entrepreneur. He is the recipient of various accolades, including a People’s Choice Award, and nominations for two Young Artist Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award.
Born on February 7, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Diane, employed at Procter & Gamble, and Larry Kutcher, a factory worker.
He has a fraternal twin brother, Michael, and a sister, Tausha Kutcher. Kutcher is of Czech (father) and Irish, German, and Czech (mother) descent. He grew up in rural Homestead, Iowa, graduating from Clear Creek-Amana High School in Tiffin, Iowa.
In 1997, Kutcher was a biochemical engineering student at the University of Iowa and discovered by a local talent scout. In 2010, Kutcher was Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People. He created the Demi and Ashton Foundation, to eliminate child sex slavery worldwide.
More On The Disease
Vasculitis is essentially an inflammation of the blood vessels, including arteries and veins. The vessels can thicken due to the inflammation, which reduces the flow of the blood as the walls can get constricted.
Additionally, vasculitis can cause ulcers in the digestive tracts. It can also cause permanent or temporary blindness due to inflammation in the arteries around the temple and scalp portion of the head. This affects the eyes severely, which is probably what happened to Ashton Kutcher.
Further complications may occur in the limbs of the affected individual. While it may be rare, swelling and stiffness in the palm or foot may affect balance. The individual may also have shortness of breath.
Treatments is for stopping the inflammation and suppressing the immune system. Corticosteroids such as prednisone is used. Additionally, other immune suppression medications, such as cyclophosphamide considered.
Lymphangitis or inflammation of lymphatic vessels is a type of vasculitis. Vasculitis is caused by leukocyte migration and results in damage inside the body. Although both occur in vasculitis, inflammation of veins also called phlebitis or arteries known as arteritis, on their own are separate entities.
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