Induction of complete haematological remission after monotherapy with anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (RITUXIMAB) in a patient with alkylating agent resistant Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia

R Weide, J Heymanns, H Köppler
Leukemia & Lymphoma 1999, 36 (1): 203-6
Response of Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia to chemotherapy with alkylating agents is usually only transient. We report a case with marked bone marrow involvement and resistance to chemotherapy with alkylating agents. The patient was red cell and platelet transfusion dependent. Three weeks after rituximab-monotherapy, he achieved a complete haematological remission which is continuing 6 months after the end of therapy. Our case demonstrates that treatment with the unconjugated anti-CD20-monoclonal antibody (rituximab) may be a new powerful tool for a better treatment of Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia.

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