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Int Immunopharmacol. 2010 May;10(5):632-4. doi: 10.1016/j.intimp.2010.02.007. Epub 2010 Feb 19.

Successful treatment of autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura with rituximab in a dialysis patient with systemic lupus erythematosus.

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  • 1Department of Nephrology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.


Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura (ATP) in systemic lupus erythematosus involves autoantibody mediated destruction of platelets. In dialysis patients with refractory ATP which is unresponsive to corticosteroid and immunosuppressive agents, the management is difficult. B cell targeted therapy with rituximab has emerged as a promising agent by reducing the levels of pathogenic autoantibodies. However, its safety and efficacy in dialysis patients are uncertain. In this report, we described a dialysis patient with refractory lupus-related ATP, whose platelet counts responded only to rituximab. Furthermore, no severe side effects were noted during the treatment period, suggesting that rituximab can be administered safely in dialysis patients.

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