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Complete remission of lichen-planus-like graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) with extracorporeal photochemotherapy (ECP)

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A 45-year-old female patient with CML underwent allogeneic BMT and developed two episodes of acute GVHD. The first episode of acute cutaneous GVHD grade II (day +17) responded well to systemic CsA and steroids. During the second episode (around day +60) the patient developed erythroderma (grade III), and subsequently signs of lichen-planus-like GVHD. The patient did not respond to increased dosages of prednisolone and CsA. On day +89 extracorporeal photochemotherapy (ECP) was initiated. After four cycles, a significant improvement of erythroderma and lichen-planus-like lesions was documented, and after 12 cycles, a lasting complete remission was achieved. To our knowledge this is the first report of successful treatment of early-onset, lichen-planus-like GVHD after allogeneic BMT with ECP.

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Gerber, M., Gmeinhart, B., Volc-Platzer, B. et al. Complete remission of lichen-planus-like graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) with extracorporeal photochemotherapy (ECP). Bone Marrow Transplant 19, 517–519 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bmt.1700661

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Keywords

  • immunomodulation
  • ECP
  • graft-versus-host disease
  • GVHD photopheresis

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