Late onset immune pancytopenia following bone marrow transplantation

A Bashey, I Owen, G F Lucas, N W Amphlett, M M Jones, A Lawal, M F McMullin, P Mahendra, L A Tyfield, J M Hows

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A 17-year-old boy developed autoimmune pancytopenia in the absence of chronic graft-versus-host disease 170 d after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) from his HLA identical brother. The anaemia and thrombocytopenia responded to conventional immunosuppressive treatment, but the neutropenia was refractory to this and to splenectomy and subsequent removal of splenic remnant. Following total lymphoid irradiation the neutrophil count rose to low normal levels but thrombocytopenia and anaemia secondary to marrow hypoplasia required transfusion support. Bone marrow function was finally normalized by an additional transfusion of donor marrow without prior immunosuppressive therapy. We conclude that late onset immune pancytopenia post BMT caused by antibodies of probable donor origin may be life threatening in the absence of chronic graft-versus-host disease.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-74
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1991


  • Adolescent
  • Anemia, Aplastic
  • Autoantibodies
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pancytopenia
  • Time Factors


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