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J Formos Med Assoc. 1998 Jan;97(1):55-8.

Donor leukocyte infusion as salvage therapy in an adult with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical College Hospital, Taiwan.

Abstract

Relapse of malignancy after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation remains the major cause of treatment failure in patients with leukemia. While donor leukocyte infusion (DLI) has been used to treat such patients, its use in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia is seldom reported. We describe a 35-year-old woman who suffered relapse of acute lymphoblastic leukemia after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. She received DLI twice as salvage therapy. This patient achieved complete remission following DLI and has remained in remission for more than 11 months without further chemotherapy. We suggest DLI can be used as an initial salvage therapy, without significant toxicity, for patients with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia following bone marrow transplantation.

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