Acquired hemophilia A and delta storage pool deficiency in a patient with indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma

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Abstract

B-cell lymphoproliferative diseases may be associated with acquired hemostasis disorders, such as acquired hemophilia A (AHA) caused by autoantibodies that neutralize factor VIII activity, and δ-storage pool deficiency, an abnormality of platelet function due to defective dense granules and impaired secretion. We describe the case of a 67-year-old man in whom these two acquired bleeding disorders were concomitantly present as the first clinical manifestation of an indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Immunosuppressive therapy with prednisone was initially started to eradicate anti-FVIII antibodies, subsequently boosted with cyclophosphamide and rituximab, these medications being also chosen to treat the associated indolent lymphoma. Bleeding symptoms were first tackled with limited benefit by using rFVIIa and then rescued using recombinant porcine FVIII. After a 6 month’s follow-up lymphoma and AHA were in remission and platelet function was improved. This case underlines the need of multiple and complex diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to rare acquired bleeding disorders associated with lymphoproliferative diseases.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPlatelets
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Acquired hemophilia A
  • bleeding
  • hemostatic disorders
  • lymphoma
  • platelet dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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