Journal of Clinical Immunology

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 415–423 | Cite as

Henoch-Schoenlein purpura due to streptokinase

  • Ann P. Zilliox
  • Douglass T. Domoto
  • Patricia S. Hutcheson
  • Charles C. Tsai
  • Raymond G. Slavin
Original Articles


The syndrome of Henoch-Schoenlein purpura developed in a 74-year-old woman after receiving streptokinase as thrombolytic therapy for an acute myocardial infarction. Renal biopsy revealed mesangial hypercellularity with deposits of IgA. Skin biopsy also revealed IgA deposition. Immunological studies showed evidence of sensitization to streptokinase. Elevated IgG, IgA, IgM, and IgE antistreptokinase antibodies were detected in the acute serum. Positive immediate skin reactivity to streptokinase was also present. Serum precipitins to streptokinase disappeared when IgA was removed from the serum. Positive staining with biotinylated streptokinase was seen in the skin in the same pattern of distribution as IgA. These findings strongly support the role of streptokinase and IgA in the pathogenesis of Henoch-Schoenlein purpura in this patient. A control group of streptococcalinfected patients showed no immune response to streptokinase. Another control group of streptokinase-treated patients, who had no untoward reaction, had elevated immunoglobulin classes and precipitins to streptokinase. However, the precipitating antibody was IgG and streptokinase skin tests were negative.

Key words

Henoch-Schoenlein purpura streptokinase 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann P. Zilliox
    • 1
  • Douglass T. Domoto
    • 1
  • Patricia S. Hutcheson
    • 1
  • Charles C. Tsai
    • 1
  • Raymond G. Slavin
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Internal Medicine ⇐p; Pathology, Divisions of Allergy ⇐p; Immunology and NephrologySt. Louis University Medical CenterSt. Louis

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