Cutaneous graft-versus-host-like reaction after paternal lymphocyte immunization for prevention of recurrent abortion

I. Katz, B. Fisch, S. Amit, J. Ovadia, Y. Tadir

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Abstract

We have presented an immunocompetent patient who, after paternal lymphocyte immunization, developed a GVH-like skin reaction; she recovered spontaneously. This complication is rarely seen. This was the only case observed in our series of over 70 patients immunized. A similar phenomenon was not reported in a larger series by Carp and colleagues (1) However, the case deserves special attention because this reaction can be life- threatening. Therefore, we suggest that paternal lymphocyte immunization should be recommended only for those patients who have undergone a thorough work-up and in whom all causes, other than immunological, for recurrent abortion have been excluded. Even then, this treatment should be given with utmost caution. In view of the above described complication, we believe that more data are still required to justify offering such a treatment modality on a routine basis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)927-929
Number of pages3
JournalFertility and Sterility
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • GVH reaction
  • Habitual abortion
  • immunization

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