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Successful transfusion of platelets "mismatched" for HLA antigens to alloimmunized thrombocytopenic patients. Am J Hematol 1977;2(3):219-26



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A critical factor limiting the availability of histocompatible platelet transfusions for alloimmunized, thrombocytopenic patients is the large pool of HLA-typed donors needed to procure platelets perfectly matched for HLA antigens. We have, therefore, investigated the effectiveness of platelets obtained from donors having lesser degrees of histocompatibility. In 421 transfusions administered to 59 alloimmunized patients who were refractory to "random donor" platelets, it was found that platelets mismatched for 1 or 2 "cross-reactive" HLA antigens were in most instances as effective in increasing circulating platelet levels as perfectly matched platelets. A significant number of patients also responded to platelets from donors selectively mismatched for non-cross-reactive HLA antigens. The latter group had a significantly reduced frequency of the antigen HLA-A2 (13%) in comparison to the total patient population (49%). Use of donors whose HLA antigens are serologically cross-reactive with those of alloimmunized patients provides approximately 10 times as many prospective donors as does selection based on matching for HLA and simplifies the procurement of hemostatically effective platelets for such patients.

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Duquesnoy RJ, Filip DJ, Rodey GE, Rimm AA, Aster RH


Richard H. Aster MD Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Blood Platelets
Cross Reactions
HLA Antigens
Histocompatibility Testing
Platelet Transfusion
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