Fatal warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia resulting from IgM autoagglutinins in an infant with severe combined immunodeficiency

Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, Karen E. King, R. Sue Shirey, Allen R. Chen, Colleen Hope McDonough, Howard M. Lederman

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Abstract

Autoimmune diseases are rare in patients with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). The authors describe an 11-month-old infant girl with SCID with fatal warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) resulting from IgM autoagglutinins. Serologic evaluation revealed IgM autoantibodies that caused in vitro hemagglutination at 37°C. The patient had clinical evidence of ongoing hemolysis and agglutination despite aggressive treatment. She had three strokes and died 6 weeks after unsuccessful bone marrow transplantation. Autoimmune disease is an unexpected complication of SCID. The presence of warm reactive IgM autoagglutinins in AIHA confers a dismal prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-252
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
Immunoglobulin M
Autoimmune Diseases
Agglutination
Hemagglutination
Hemolysis
Bone Marrow Transplantation
Autoantibodies
Stroke
autoagglutinin
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
  • In vivo hemagglutination
  • Severe combined immunodeficiency
  • Warm reactive IgM antibody

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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Fatal warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia resulting from IgM autoagglutinins in an infant with severe combined immunodeficiency. / Nowak-Wegrzyn, Anna; King, Karen E.; Sue Shirey, R.; Chen, Allen R.; McDonough, Colleen Hope; Lederman, Howard M.

In: American Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Vol. 23, No. 4, 01.01.2001, p. 250-252.

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Nowak-Wegrzyn, Anna ; King, Karen E. ; Sue Shirey, R. ; Chen, Allen R. ; McDonough, Colleen Hope ; Lederman, Howard M. / Fatal warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia resulting from IgM autoagglutinins in an infant with severe combined immunodeficiency. In: American Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2001 ; Vol. 23, No. 4. pp. 250-252.
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