Hodgkin's disease and autoimmune hemolytic anemia: a case report

Med Princ Pract. May-Jun 2005;14(3):205-7. doi: 10.1159/000084642.


Objective: To report a case of Hodgkin's disease presenting with immune hemolytic anemia.

Clinical presentation and intervention: A 47-year-old man was admitted to hospital because of weight loss, fever, and inguinal lymph node adenopathy. Biopsy of the inguinal lymph node revealed mixed-cellularity Hodgkin's disease. Three days after starting combined chemotherapy, the patient showed evidence of autoimmune hemolytic anemia, which responded well to prednisolone.

Conclusion: This case shows that clinicians should be aware of the possibility of autoimmune hemolytic anemia in patients with Hodgkin's disease presenting with anemia, and distinguish it from the anemia of chronic disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anemia, Hemolytic / diagnosis*
  • Anemia, Hemolytic / etiology
  • Biopsy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Hodgkin Disease / complications
  • Hodgkin Disease / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged