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Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis after Lung Transplantation

 Ah Young Leem  ;  Sung Woo Moon  ;  Song Yee Kim  ;  Moo Suk Park  ;  Young Sam Kim  ;  Se Kyu Kim  ;  Joon Chang  ;  Hyo Chae Paik  ;  June Won Cheong  ;  Kyung Soo Chung 
 Korean Journal of Critical Care Medicine, Vol.30(1) : 38-41, 2015 
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Korean Journal of Critical Care Medicine
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hemophagocytic ; lung transplantation ; lymphohistiocytosis
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare but fatal complication after solid organ transplantation. Acquired forms of HLH are described in association with severe sepsis, autoimmune disorders, malignancy, immune-compromised states, infections, and solid organ transplantation. We experienced a case of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis after bilateral lung transplantation. Leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and hyperbilirubinemia were noted and became aggravated 50 days after transplantation. Diagnosis of HLH was based on clinical and laboratory findings of splenomegaly, cytopenia, elevated ferritin, elevated interleukin-2 receptor, and hemophagocytosis in bone marrow. Other features such as elevated bilirubin, lactate dehydrogenase, and D-dimer which can be present in HLH were also noted. The patient was immediately treated with etoposide and dexamethasone. Despite aggressive therapy, the patient deteriorated and died. Awareness of the diagnostic criteria of HLH after lung transplantation is important for clinicians.
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Kim, Se Kyu(김세규)
Kim, Song Yee(김송이) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8627-486X
Kim, Young Sam(김영삼) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9656-8482
Moon, Sung Woo(문성우) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9917-9802
Park, Moo Suk(박무석) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0820-7615
Paik, Hyo Chae(백효채) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9309-8235
Leem, Ah Young(임아영) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5165-3704
Chang, Joon(장준) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4542-6841
Jung, Kyung Soo(정경수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1604-8730
Cheong, June-Won(정준원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1744-0921
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