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Monday 01 November 2004

Intrapleural instillation of rituximab for the treatment of malignant pleural effusions in NHL.

By: Schmidt HH, Renner H, Linkesch W.

Haematologica 2004 Nov;89(11):ECR39

A patient with CD20(+) leukaemic lymphoplasmacytic Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) presented with bilateral malignant pleural effusions. Systemic chemotherapy, repeated percutaneous drainage and bilateral continous chest tube drainage were unable to control the effusions. Rituximab was instilled in a dose-escalating manner via the chest tubes into both pleural spaces, within two weeks the effusions resolved, and the patient has stayed free of symptoms for eight months ongoing. Rituximab may be a promising novel treatment option for malignant effusions in CD20(+) NHL.

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