TITLE

A Case of Chronic Conjunctivitis following Rituximab Therapy

AUTHOR(S)
Bautista, Marnelli A.; Quan, Walter D. Y.; Wang, Jun
PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
Advances in Hematology;2009, Vol. 2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Case Study
ABSTRACT
The activity of the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, rituximab in B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, with relativelyminimal toxicity has been well established. Adverse effects such as low-grade fever, urticaria, bronchospasm, sporadic tachycardia, and hypotension have been described. However, only a single case of rituximab-related, transient conjunctivitis has been documented in literature. We report an occurrence of chronic, bilateral conjunctivitis in an 88-year-old female diagnosed with stage IV, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), who was maintained on rituximab for 12 months. In contrast to the previously described case, our patient developed severe conjunctival inflammation approximately three to four weeks following rituximab induction. Resolution of conjunctivitis occurred within two months after cessation of rituximab treatment.
ACCESSION #
53490927

 

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