Patients with acquired hypogammaglobulinaemia usually have near normal numbers of B cells and normal T cell function. When hypogammaglobulinaemia occurs in association with thymoma, then B cell numbers have been reported as low, and distinctive T cells are present which inhibit immunoglobulin production by normal cells. It has been suggested that these T cells are responsible for the observed hypogammaglobulinaemia. We report a patient with thymoma and hypogammaglobulinaemia who lacks these distinctive suppressor cells and has normal B cell numbers. It is therefore incorrect to propose a single pathogenic mechanism for hypogammaglobulinaemia in association with thymoma.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Clinical and Experimental Immunology|
|State||Published - 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy