February 1974

Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in a 6–Week–Old Infant

Author Affiliations

Torrance, Calif
From the departments of pathology (Drs. Peters and Myhre) and pediatrics (Drs. Jacobs and Finklestein), Harbor General Hospital, Torrance, Calif; and UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(2):268-270. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110210118018

A 6-week-old infant had autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Serological studies disclosed a strong, warm, panagglutinating autoantibody showing no Rh specificity. There was also a significant rise in titer to cytomegalovirus. Treatment consisted of transfusions of sedimented red blood cells, two exchange transfusions, and administration of corticosteroids. The infant has been symptom-free for five months and has had a negative Coombs test and a normal hemogram.