Sutton has immune system disease

Updated: April 20, 2005, 1:01 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech coach Mike Sutton was still in critical condition Wednesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he is being treated for a rare illness that attacks the immune sysem.

Sutton, 49, fell ill while attending a tournament for potential NBA players in Portsmouth, Va., earlier this month and was admitted to a Virginia hospital.

He was transferred to Nashville last Friday, and doctors are treating him for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disease that attacks the immune system and causes paralysis. Most patients recover but the length of the illness is unpredictable and can often require months in the hospital.

Hospital officials referred all questions on Sutton's condition to Tennessee Tech. The school is posting periodic updates on its Web site.

Sutton just finished his third season at Tennessee Tech and was coach of the year in the Ohio Valley Conference.

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