Leukopheresis therapy of leukemic reticuloendotheliosis (hairy cell leukemia)

Journal Article

Intensive leukopheresis has been valuable in the short-term palliation of chronic lymphocytic and granulocytic leukemias. A 47-yr-old man with refractory leukemic reticuloendotheliosis (hairy cell leukemia) manifested by anemia, thrombocytopenia, elevated peripheral leukemia cell counts, generalized lymph node enlargement, and leukemic infiltrative skin disease was treated with serial leukophresis. Removal of approximately 7 x 1011 peripheral leukemia cells resulted in marked clinical and hematologic improvement with resolution of enlarged lymph nodes and clearing of skin infiltrates. At the time of this reporting, more than 100 wk since the last leukopheresis, the patient continues to do well. The improvement in all blood counts, reduction in lymph node size, and clearing of skin lesions paralleled the reduction of peripheral leukemia cell load by leukopheresis, suggesting mobilization of leukemia cells from marrow, lymph nodes, and skin. Removal of large numbers of leukemia cells in hairy cell leukemia has the potential of achieving sustained clinical improvement and may be a useful alternative therapy for these patients.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fay, JW; Moore, JO; Logue, GL; Huang, AT

Published Date

  • 1979

Published In

  • Blood

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 747 - 749

PubMed ID

  • 465739