European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 150, Issue 7, pp 477–480 | Cite as

Successful bone marrow transplantation and treatment of BCG infection in two patients with severe combined immunodeficiency

  • R. S. Heyderman
  • G. Morgan
  • R. J. Levinsky
  • S. Strobel
Immunology/Allergology

Abstract

We report successful bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in two patients with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), who had developed BCG infection following neonatal vaccination. Patient 1 had Omenn Syndrome, associated with hypertrophic nonobstructive cardiomyopathy. Patient 2 had SCID due to adenosine deaminase deficiency. This communication demonstrates that with appropriate anti-mycobacterial cover, immunological reconstitution together with full recovery from BCG infection can be achieved by BMT. As demonstrated by persistant negative Mantoux tests, specific cell-mediated immunity to BCG was not acquired following BMT. We suggest that these children may continue to be at risk from mycobacterial infection.

Key words

BCG infection Severe combined immunodeficiency Omenn syndrome Bone marrow transplantation Hypertrophic non-obstructive cardiomyopathy 

Abbreviations

BMT

bone marrow transplantation

HCM

hypertrophic nonobstructive cardiomyopathy

SCID

severe combined immunodeficiency

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. S. Heyderman
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Morgan
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. J. Levinsky
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Strobel
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ImmunologyInstitute of Child HealthLondonUK
  2. 2.Hospital for Sick ChildrenLondonUK

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