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Keywords:

  • acute lymphoblastic leukemia;
  • cytomegalovirus retinitis;
  • dexamethasone;
  • maintenance therapy;
  • vincristine

Abstract

We describe a 5-year-old female with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who suffered from cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis during maintenance therapy consisting of 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP) and methotrexate (MTX) with pulses of vincristine (VCR) and dexamethasone (DEX). Administration of anticytomegaloviral drugs led to a complete regression of active retinitis. Her low CD4 positive T cells and serum immunoglobulin G (IgG) recovered when maintenance therapy was resumed without VCR and DEX. The patient has been in complete remission (CR) for more than 5 months after completion of maintenance therapy without recurrence of CMV retinitis. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2013;60:329–331. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.