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Med Oncol. 2005;22(2):191-4.

Treatment of a patient with a nodal peripheral T-cell lymphoma (angioimmunoblastic T-Cell lymphoma) with a human monoclonal antibody against the CD4 antigen (HuMax-CD4).

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Department of Oncology, Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala, Sweden.


A patient with a CD4+ refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTL), subtype angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AILD), was treated with a human monoclonal anti-CD4 antibody (HuMax-CD4) iv once weekly for 10 wk. Early during treatment all palpable enlarged lymph nodes disappeared. A decline of normal CD4+ T-cells in the blood mirrored the treatment effect. Shortly after stopping treatment the patient relapsed with new enlarged lymph nodes. This time no antitumor effect was seen when HuMax-CD4 treatment was reinstituted. No severe side effects were observed during the antibody treatment. This case report is the first describing that HuMax-CD4 has antilymphoma activity in PTL and is an interesting drug to study further in patients with CD4+ PTL.

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