Abstract

Five patients with Hodgkin’s disease were treated by transplantation of fetal thymic tissue. Clinical and immunologic studies, carried out for over 5 mo thereafter, revealed a prompt improvement in previously defective cellular immune functions, including a significant rise of absolute lymphocytes in the peripheral blood and a normalization of tuberculin skin sensitivity and of the response of peripheral blood lymphocytes to phytohemagglutinin. It is suggested that fetal thymic transplant into patients with Hodgkin’s disease appears at present the best tool of improving their immunologic deficiency.

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