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Presence of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura and Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in the Patients with Common Variable Immunodeficiency

Author(s): Asghar Ramyar | Asghar Aghamohammadi | Kasra Moazzami | Nima Rezaei | Mehdi Yeganeh | Taher Cheraghi Pouladi | Golnaz Heydari | Hassan Abolhassani | Ali Akbar Amirzargar | Nima Parvaneh | Mostafa Moin

Journal: Iranian Journal Of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
ISSN 1735-1502

Volume: 7;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 169;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia | Common Variable Immunodeficiency | Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID) is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by hypogammaglobulinemia and an increased susceptibility to recurrent infections as well as autoimmunity and malignancies. Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) and Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) are two autoimmune disorders which may be seen in association with CVID. Among 85 CVID patients, seven cases had ITP and/or AIHA (8%). Four of these patients had one or more episodes of ITP, one patient had AIHA, and two patients had both ITP and AIHA (Evans syndrome). Almost, all patients experienced chronic and recurrent infections mostly in respiratory and gastrointestinal systems during the course of the disease. Among the seven patients, five presented their underlying disease with recurrent respiratory and/or gastrointestinal tract infections, while in two remaining patients, CVID was presented with ITP. Three patients died until now; two because of hepatic failure and one due to pulmonary hemorrhage. As CVID is prone to autoimmune disorders, it should be considered as a differential diagnosis of adult-onset ITP and possibly in children. Chronic and recurrent ITP, especially in the presence of propensity to respiratory and gastrointestinal infections mandate the evaluation for an underlying immune dysregulation such as CVID.

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