Treatment of a patient with B cell lymphoma by I-131 LYM-1 monoclonal antibodies

Int J Biol Markers. Jan-Apr 1987;2(1):49-53.


A patient with Richter's syndrome, a malignant lymphomatous transformation of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, had become moribund with rapidly enlarging masses, granulocytopenia and thrombocytopenia despite the use of conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Greater than ten percent of a test dose of I-131 Lym-1, a murine monoclonal antibody produced against Burkitt's African B cell lymphoma, was accumulated by her tumor. The patient was subsequently treated with a series of injections of I-131 Lym-1 with dramatic clinical response, reduction of tumor volume by x-ray computerized tomography and progression of circulating cellular elements toward normality. Her course over the next ten months was not like that to be expected for Richter's syndrome, which has an average survival of four months. This mode of treatment appears promising.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use*
  • B-Lymphocytes
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Iodine Radioisotopes / therapeutic use*
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Lymphoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Lymphoma / drug therapy*
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Iodine Radioisotopes