Anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (rituximab) therapy for acute cardiac humoral rejection: a case report.


Journal Article

Humoral or antibody-mediated rejection in cardiac transplant recipients is mediated by donor-specific cytotoxic antibodies and is histologically defined by linear deposits of immunoglobulin and complement in the myocardial capillaries. Antibody-mediated rejection often is accompanied by hemodynamic compromise and is associated with reduced long-term graft survival. Standard immunosuppression, designed to target T cell immune function, is largely ineffective against this B cell-driven process. Current treatment options for humoral rejection are limited by a lack of specific anti-B cell therapies. We present the case of a 50-year-old woman with hemodynamically significant humoral rejection resistant to steroids, cyclophos-phamide, and plasmapheresis who responded to the addition of anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody therapy (rituximab). One year posttransplant, the patient is rejection-free, with normal left ventricular systolic function and coronary arteries.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Aranda, JM; Scornik, JC; Normann, SJ; Lottenberg, R; Schofield, RS; Pauly, DF; Miles, M; Hill, JA; Sleasman, JW; Skoda-Smith, S

Published Date

  • March 27, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 73 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 907 - 910

PubMed ID

  • 11923690

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11923690

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0041-1337

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00007890-200203270-00013


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States