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1/515. Encephalopathy associated with haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis following rotavirus infection.

    A 2-year-old Japanese boy with a haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) associated encephalopathy which developed after rotavirus infection is described. The neurological symptoms consisted of coma, seizures and spastic quadriplegia. On therapy with steroids, etoposide and cyclosporin A, the patient recovered without any neurological deficits. The interferon-gamma levels in serum and CSF were elevated at onset of the disease but had returned to normal at the time of clinical remission. brain MRI revealed diffuse white matter abnormalities and parenchymal volume loss. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy revealed elevated lactate in the abnormal lesions observed on MRI, indicating that macrophages not exhibiting aerobic metabolism had infiltrated the CNS. At the time of clinical remission, the white matter abnormalities and brain lactate had disappeared. These findings suggested that the neurological symptoms resulted from the overproduction of cytokines by activated T-cells and macrophages. The pathophysiology of a HLH associated encephalopathy was considered to be a local immune response within the CNS, because interferon-gamma can induce the expression of major histocompatibility complex class I and II antigens on glial cells in the CNS. CONCLUSION: Haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis associated encephalopathy should be considered early in the differential diagnosis of cases with acute onset neuropathy. ( info)

2/515. Two separate episodes of hemophagocytic syndrome at a two-year interval in an apparently immunocompetent male.

    We describe two separate episodes of hemophagocytic syndrome (HPS) at an interval of two years in a seemingly immunocompetent male. This case suggests the possible existence of an inherent predisposition to HPS, in which otherwise negligible self-limited viral infection may trigger HPS. Laboratory data for a 16-year-old boy admitted with persistent high grade fever and severe thrombocytopenia disclosed coagulation abnormality, liver damage, and hypercytokinemia. A bone marrow aspiration revealed a proliferation of histiocytes with fresh hemophagocytosis. We diagnosed that he was suffering from HPS. Responding to steroid pulse therapy, he recovered completely and was discharged. After two years of healthy life, he became febrile again and was readmitted. The fever was refractory to antibiotics and was associated with a sudden drop in platelet count. Laboratory data and the bone marrow picture were consistent with those of HPS. He was again successfully treated with steroid. After the second episode, he has been healthy for more than two years. ( info)

3/515. Multicentric reticulohistiocytosis: a mimic of gout and rheumatoid arthritis.

    Multicentric reticulohistiocytosis is a rare cutaneous-articular disease that may mimic more common disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or tophaceous gout. In one fourth of patients, it is a paraneoplastic process. This brief overview is aimed at physicians who care for patients with polyarthritis, to alert them to distinctive features that differentiate multicentric reticulohistiocytosis from the common arthritides. ( info)

4/515. Abdominal ultrasound findings in children with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis.

    Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a variant of histiocytosis, is characterized by an uncontrolled activation of the cellular immune system, including hepatic mononuclear phagocytic cells. Abdominal ultrasound findings in children are evaluated in this disease. We present six pediatric cases, two with familial and four with sporadic hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, examined by abdominal sonography. Three signs were frequently observed: thickening of the gallbladder wall (all cases), increased periportal echogenicity (four cases), and enlarged lymph nodes in the porta hepatis (four cases). hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, and ascitic fluid may also be found. These imaging findings are not specific and may be seen in viral hepatitis. However, once hepatitis is excluded, they may suggest the diagnosis of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in a critically ill child. A bone smear must be done to establish the diagnosis. ( info)

5/515. Epstein-Barr virus related hemophagocytic syndrome in a T-cell rich B-cell lymphoma.

    We report the case of a 30-year-old woman who presented with an EBV related hemophagocytic syndrome. After a few months she developed a T-cell rich B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with liver involvement. Serological data demonstrated a reactivation of the EBV infection. Tumor progression with liver involvement occurred during treatment with conventional chemotherapy. Tumor reduction and disappearance of all masses was seen after starting high-dose sequential chemotherapy, followed by an autologous peripheral blood progenitor transplantation LMP-1 could be amplified in the tumor material by PCR technology, but no LMP-1 expression could be found in the few malignant B-cells with Reed-Sternberg morphology. sequence analysis of the carboxy terminal of the LMP-1 region revealed the naturally occurring 30 bp deletion variant of the LMP-1 with multiple point mutations within the NF kb region. Since LMP-1 was not expressed in the malignant tumor cells, no evidence could be found, that EBV participated in the tumorigenesis of this case. ( info)

6/515. Clonal change of infiltrating T-cells in children with familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis: possible association with Epstein-Barr virus infection.

    BACKGROUND: Although familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (FHL) has been considered a T-cell disorder, to the authors' knowledge there are no previous reports on the clonal basis of FHL. In the current study the authors analyzed the clonality of T-cells in two FHL patients at the time of disease onset and at disease progression. methods: Patient 1 had FHL and died of recurrent disease 4 months after bone marrow transplantation (BMT). His liver and spleen showed massive infiltrations of CD3 , CD4-, and CD8 T-cells. The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) genome was detected by in situ hybridization. Patient 2 also had FHL and died of progressive disease 9 weeks after the onset of disease despite chemotherapy. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis showed positive EBV genome in the peripheral blood, liver, and spleen of Patient 2. In the two patients, T-cell receptor-beta and alpha-chain variable region (TCR Vbeta and V alpha) repertoires in peripheral mononuclear cells were analyzed at the time of disease onset and at disease progression by the inverse PCR method. When a high usage (> 15%) of a specific Vbeta family member was observed, a clonal analysis was performed by PCR using beta-chain joining region (Jbeta) primers. The clonality of specific Vbeta-Jbeta fragments was confirmed by a single strand confirmation polymorphism (SSCP) analysis. RESULTS: Although there was no preferential usage of Vbeta in Patient 1, the exclusive expression of Jbeta1.2 for Vbeta13 was observed. A high frequency of Vbeta13 also was observed at the time of disease progression, but the Jbeta fragment for Vbeta13 was polyclonal. In Patient 2, the restricted usage of Jbeta1.6 for Vbeta5a was observed at the time of disease onset, whereas Jbeta1.1 and 1.2 for Vbeta4 were observed exclusively at the time of disease progression. The clonality of Vbeta13-Jbeta1.2 in Patient 1 and Vbeta5a-Jbeta1.6 and Vbeta4-Jbeta1.1/Jbeta1.2 in Patient 2 was confirmed by SSCP analysis. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that the polyclonal T-cell lymphoproliferative disease associated with EBV was induced after BMT in Patient 1, and that the clonal change of expanded T-cells also was induced by EBV in Patient 2. The clonal analysis of T-cells is a useful tool to clarify the pathogenesis of FHL. ( info)

7/515. Development of acute lymphoblastic leukemia with translocation (4;11) in a young girl with familial pericentric inversion 12.

    We report a case of a 1-year-old girl with familial pericentric inv(12) who developed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) with t(4;11) 1 month after recovery from idiopathic hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). The inv(12)(p13q15) was first found in bone marrow (BM) cells when she was diagnosed as having HLH, and then detected in the BM blasts together with t(4;11)(q21;q23) when she developed ALL. The inv(12) was retained in the BM cells after she achieved complete remission. cytogenetic analysis on the PHA-stimulated peripheral lymphocytes revealed inv(12) in all of the 30 cells examined. Because the data that ALL with t(4;11) predicts an extremely poor prognosis, she received an allogeneic BM transplantation from an HLA-matched sibling at 10 months from the onset of ALL. She is now at 26 months post transplantation and maintains in a state of complete remission. Familial cytogenetic study demonstrated that 4 of 8 maternal members examined had the inv(12), but they showed no family history of a higher risk of development of hematological and other types of malignancies, suggesting that pericentric inv(12) itself might not be directly involved in the development of ALL in this case. ( info)

8/515. The efficacy of therapeutic plasmapheresis for the treatment of fatal hemophagocytic syndrome: two case reports.

    A potentially fatal hemophagocytic syndrome (HPS) has been noted in patients with reactive HPS. We describe 2 patients with reactive HPS treated with a regimen of therapeutic plasmapheresis and evaluate the efficacy of plasmapheresis for fatal HPS. Case 1 was a 31 year-old woman who had been treated for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with corticosteroid hormones and immunosuppressants. She presented with persistent leukopenia and thrombocytopenia with spiking fever. She had an elevated level of serum ferritin, liver dysfunction, coagulopathy, and plasma inflammatory cytokines. Her bone marrow smear disclosed numerous hemophagocytosis of histiocytes. She was administered therapeutic plasmapheresis with total plasma exchange by fresh frozen plasma. There was an immediate and prominent decrease of cytokines, and she completely recovered. Case 2 was a 34 year-old woman who had been receiving high doses of corticosteroids and plasmapheresis for severe Stevens-Johnson's syndrome. After 18 months, she presented with physical and laboratory findings resembling lupus-like conditions and was administered high doses of corticosteroids and immunosuppressants. Human parvovirus B19 infection was detected by IgM and IgG antibodies and viral dna from a bone marrow sample; moreover, a bone marrow smear disclosed findings of HPS. Repeated therapeutic plasmapheresis was effective for improving her symptoms and laboratory abnormalities; however, she suffered from septic methicilline resistant staphylococcus aureus infection and finally died of a brain hemorrhage resulting from disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). ( info)

9/515. The spectrum of reactive hemophagocytic syndrome in systemic lupus erythematosus.

    We address the relationship between reactive hemophagocytic syndrome (RHS), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) activity, and treatment in 4 female patients with SLE. Febrile pancytopenia was related to cytologically proven RHS in all patients. Followup was 45 /-7 months from RHS onset. No causal infection could be identified. Outcome could be classified as: (1) RHS onset during a SLE flare and complete efficacy of high dose steroids; (2) death despite therapy for concomitant severe RHS and active SLE; (3) severe RHS in inactive SLE under immunosuppressants, with remission after steroid tapering and cyclophosphamide withdrawal. Three patients were treated with intravenous IgG. We conclude that (1) when SLE is active, RHS should be considered a specific manifestation and treated with steroids; (2) RHS occurring in otherwise inactive SLE might be related to iatrogenic immunosuppression; (3) intravenous IgG treatment might be indicated in both situations. ( info)

10/515. Xanthoma disseminatum: a case with hepatic involvement, diabetes insipidus and type IIb hyperlipidaemia.

    Xanthoma disseminatum (XD) is a rare benign non-X-histiocytic disorder of unknown aetiology. We report a 37-year-old man who presented with XD preceded by a decade of cranial diabetes insipidus, with associated type IIb hyperlipidaemia and computed tomographic evidence of hepatic involvement. A review of the literature is also included. ( info)
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