Low-dose pembrolizumab induced complete radiologic and molecular response of posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder presenting as classical Hodgkin lymphoma

  • Joycelyn P. Y. Sim
  • Rex Au-Yeung
  • Yok-Lam KwongEmail author
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLD) are a group of lymphoid diseases in organ allograft recipients [1]. Immunosuppression for preventing graft rejection (solid-organ allografting) or graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) (allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, allo-HSCT) suppresses immunosurveillance, predisposing to lymphoproliferative disorders [1]. Pathogenesis is predominantly related to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection of abnormal lymphoid cells.

A 21-year-old man presented in 2005 with recurrent hepatitis and photosensitivity. Subsequent investigations confirmed the diagnosis of erythropoietic protoporphyria. Liver biopsies showed progressive septal fibrosis. He underwent a 10/10 matched unrelated donor HSCT (MUD-HSCT) from a female donor (conditioning: fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, total body irradiation, rabbit antithymocyte globulin) in September 2011. However, donor chimerism declined and was totally lost by 14 months post-HSCT. He...


Authors’ contribution

J.P.Y. Sim: treated the patient, wrote and approved the manuscript

Rex Au-Yeung: performed the histopathological examination, wrote and approved the manuscript

Y.L. Kwong: treated the patient, wrote and approved the manuscript

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement of informed consent

Patient gave informed consent to treatment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineQueen Mary HospitalPok Fu LamHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of PathologyQueen Mary HospitalPok Fu LamHong Kong

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