Hematology

Successful anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody treatment of severe autoimmune hemolytic anemia due to warm reactive IgM autoantibody in a child with common variable immunodeficiency.

Am J Hematol. 2004 Jun;76(2):152-5.  

Wakim M, Shah A, Arndt PA, Garratty G, Weinberg K, Hofstra T, Church J.

Division of Clinical Allergy and Immunology, Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles, California 90027, USA. Mwakim@chla.usc.edu

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia due to warm reactive IgM autoantibodies is unusual, severe, and often fails to respond to standard immunosuppressive therapies in both adults and children. A 6-year-old girl with common variable immunodeficiency had longstanding steroid dependent, splenectomy-unresponsive, warm IgM autoantibody-mediated autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Rituximab, a monoclonal antibody directed against CD20 antigen, was used to deplete B lymphocytes and reduce autoantibody production. She received a total of six doses of rituximab (375 mg/m2). Therapy was well tolerated, and B-lymphocytes were effectively depleted from the peripheral blood. The patient was completely tapered off glucocorticoids. The patient has remained off immunosuppressive agents for 16 months despite the return of B lymphocytes to the peripheral circulation. She continues to require IVIG. Early treatment with rituximab might be an option for patients with warm reactive IgM autoantibody-mediated autoimmune hemolytic anemia not responding to other treatments or experiencing untoward side effects from those treatments. Copyright 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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PMID: 15164382 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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