The prognosis of chronic active Epstein-Barr virus infection (CAEBV) is very poor. We describe a 24-year-old male with severe CAEBV who was treated with allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (allo-PBSCT). On admission, EBER-1 in lymphocytes infiltrating the liver, EBV-DNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and monoclonal NK cell proliferation were confirmed. After unsuccessful chemotherapy, he received an allo-PBSCT from his HLA-identical sister. Although he died of pulmonary hemorrhage on day +19, EBV-DNA was undetectable by PCR in PBMC, and the post-mortem liver showed no EBER-1-positive lymphocytes. This experience suggests that EBV-positive lymphocytes in CAEBV may be eradicated by allo-PBSCT, thereby raising the possibility of a new treatment modality.
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