Immune tolerance induction and the treatment of hemophilia. Malmo protocol update

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The Malmo protocol for immune tolerance induction includes high doses of Factor VIII/IX, intravenous IgG and cyclophosphamide. If the inhibitor titer exceeds 10 Bethesda units at start, extracorporeal adsorption of IgG is performed using protein A. The protocol sometimes has to be repeated. A successful response may occur within a few weeks. In hemophilia A the success rate so far is 10/17 patients (15 high-responders, 2 low-responders) or 59%, whereas in hemophilia B 6/9 patients (8 high-responders, 1 low-responder), or 67%, have become tolerant. In one hemophilia B patient, a relapse occurred after 6 months. During a second treatment episode he developed an acute myocardial infarction, probably caused by replacement with prothrombin complex concentrate. We conclude that the Malmo protocol is efficient for induction of immune tolerance but the patients must be selected particularly with regard to inhibitor duration and time of last booster.

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  • Hematology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48
JournalHaematologica
Volume85
Issue number10 Suppl
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Emergency medicine/Medicine/Surgery (013240200), Clinical Coagulation Research Unit (013242510)