Journal article

TRANSIENT PLATELET AND HLA ANTIBODY-FORMATION IN MULTITRANSFUSED PATIENTS WITH MALIGNANCY

K MCGRATH, M WOLF, J BISHOP, M VEALE, H AYBERK, J SZER, I COOPER, M WHITESIDE

BRITISH JOURNAL OF HAEMATOLOGY | BLACKWELL SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1988

Abstract

Fifty-nine patients receiving platelet transfusions for bone marrow failure secondary to malignancy were screened at regular intervals for the presence of antibodies to human leucocyte (HLA) and platelet specific antigens. HLA antibodies occurred in 19 patients, 10 of whom also developed platelet specific antibodies. The HLA antibodies disappeared in 10 of 15 patients followed for periods of 2-14 months. In two patients this occurred whilst still receiving platelet transfusions. Antibody reappeared in only two of six patients subsequently transfused. Antibodies to platelet specific antigens were detected in 28 patients. They were transient, often appeared in association with infection, and i..

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