Abstract

Levels of platelet-associated IgG (PA-IgG) were studied in 72 patients with Hodgkin–s (HD) and non-Hodgkin–s lymphoma (NHL). Thirty-nine percent of patients with HD and 20% of patients with NHL had elevated PA-IgG levels. There was a positive correlation between disease activity and the presence of PA-IgG in HD and NHL. In patients with HD, PA-IgG strongly correlated with extent of disease and may serve as a marker of disease activity. PA-IgG may have facilitated platelet destruction in 5 of 11 thrombocytopenic patients with HD and increased PA-IgG and in 2 patients with HD and increased PA-IgG who developed severe thrombocytopenia when treated with chemotherapy.

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