Severe autoimmune hemolytic anemia after unrelated umbilical cord blood transplant for familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis: Significant improvement after treatment with rituximab

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  • A 4-month-old girl diagnosed with familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis underwent a matched unrelated, umbilical cord blood transplant. Six weeks later she developed severe acute autoimmune hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia requiring multiple transfusions. This was refractory to high-dose steroid and intravenous immunoglobulin, but did respond to Rituximab (anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody) 375 mg/m. Hemolysis recurred after steroid tapering but responded to a second course of Rituximab. This case report highlights the difficulty in managing posttransplant autoimmune hemolytic anemia. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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    Author List

  • Radhi M; Rumelhart S; Tatman D; Goldman F
  • Start Page

  • 125
  • End Page

  • 127
  • Volume

  • 29
  • Issue

  • 2