Severe hemolytic anemia (HA) is an uncommon adverse reaction of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) administration. Previous reports assume that antibodies contained in IVIg preparations are the cause of hemolysis. We report a 10-month-old infant with Kawasaki disease who was treated with high-dose IVIg and developed severe HA. The patient's Rh blood type was D+C+c+E-e+. He developed anti-C and anti-e antibodies following treatment with IVIg, and, after considering all possible causes of hemolysis, we concluded that this was a case of autoimmune HA induced by immunoglobulin treatment. The hyperinflammatory condition associated with Kawasaki disease may have contributed to the severity of anemia.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health