Epstein-Barr virus-associated lymphoproliferative disease (EBV-LPD) is a common, usually fatal, complication developing after transplantation of bone marrow from HLA-mismatched or HLA-matched unrelated donors. Prompted by recent reports of successful treatment of EBHV-LPD, we investigated methods which could result in early identification of patients at high risk for this disorder, thus improving the likelihood of successful therapeutic interventions. Both the outgrowth of transformed B lymphocytes ex vivo (100% correlation) and the detection of EBV DNA by a PCR method (80% correlation) showed statistically significant association with the histopathological diagnosis of EBV-LPD. Because these abnormalities can be detected prior to the onset of clinical disease, it should now be possible to use a combination of the methods described here to identify patients at high risk of developing EBV-LPD, thus enabling early therapeutic intervention.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||British Journal of Haematology|
|State||Published - Jan 1995|
- Epstein-Barr virus
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