Rituxan for Auto-Immune Hemolytic Anemia – pro

The evidence for use of rituximab in autoimmune hemolytic anemia has until reently been limited to case reports and small, uncontrolled clinical studies; however, there are many of them, and more recently larger trials, such as Barcellini et al have been performed and an evidence based recommendation(Crowder et al) appeared. Rituximab appeared to have efficacy in the treatment of AIHA, both idiopathic or associated with B-cell chronic lymphoproliferative disorders.Rituximab appeared to have efficacy in the treatment of AIHA, both idiopathic or associated with B-cell chronic lymphoproliferative disorders. There are many reports of Rituxan’s efficacy. Positive reports and studies continue to be regularly published. A recent review article (Berenstein et al) that it is accepted as preferred 2nd line therapy
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