A 36-year-old woman with RAEB-t and severe bone marrow fibrosis undergoing autologous BMT, developed a histologically documented GVHD-like skin rash. Thereafter, autoimmune thyroiditis, autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura and autoimmune hemolytic anemia and a lupus anti-coagulant (LAC) were diagnosed. The patient is still alive, symptom-free and in first complete remission (CR); however, all of the autoantibodies are still detectable, with the exception being the anti-erythrocyte antibody. The most outstanding feature of the present case is the polymorphism of the autoimmune events, in the absence of a coexisting systemic autoimmune disease. This patient has achieved long-term disease-free survival (DFS) in first CR despite high-risk MDS and the repeated immunosuppressant therapy required because of the complications described above; a GVL reaction somewhat similar to the autoimmune events may have contributed towards maintaining disease control.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Bone Marrow Transplantation|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1 1997|
- Autoimmune diseases
- Graft-versus-host disease
- Myelodysplastic syndrome
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