Elaine M. Sloand, MD; Phillip Scheinberg, MD; Jaroslaw Maciejewski, MD; Neal S. Young, MD
Pure red-cell aplasia (PRCA) seems to have an autoimmune pathophysiology. Currently available treatments are relatively toxic. Daclizumab is a genetically engineered human IgG1 that blocks the interleukin-2 receptor necessary for clonal expansion of activated T cells.
Fifteen patients with PRCA were treated with daclizumab. Forty percent achieved normal hemoglobin levels within 18 months of starting therapy. The drug produced little toxicity other than minor skin rash.
Daclizumab may provide a nontoxic alternative for treating a severe, relatively refractory cause of anemia.
This is a small, unblinded study.
Fifteen patients with pure red-cell aplasia were treated with daclizumab, 1 mg/kg of body weight, as described in the Methods section. Reticulocyte count, hemoglobin level, and transfusion history are seen for each patient. To convert hemoglobin values from g/dL to g/L, multiply value by 10.
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Sloand EM, Scheinberg P, Maciejewski J, Young NS. Brief Communication: Successful Treatment of Pure Red-Cell Aplasia with an Anti–Interleukin-2 Receptor Antibody (Daclizumab). Ann Intern Med. 2006;144:181-185. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-144-3-200602070-00006
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(3):181-185.
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