Failure of immunologic reconstitution in a patient with the DiGeorge syndrome after fetal thymus transplantation

Savita Pahwa, Rajendra Pahwa, Genevieve Incefy, Elena Reece, Elizabeth Smithwick, Richard O'Reilly, Robert A. Good

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Transplantation of two fetal thymuses failed to reconstitute the immune function in a patient with the DiGeorge syndrome. Serum thymic hormones (facteur thymique serique and thymopoietin), which had been nondetectable, became normal after thymus transplantation. Studies done on the patient's fractionated bone marrow cells in vitro appeared to reflect defective capacity for T-lymphocyte differentiation. In spite of the efforts at treatment, the child died at 2 years of age, apparently due to an associated cardiovascular abnormality. At autopsy, no thymic tissue could be found. Failure of immunologic reconstitution after fetal thymus transplantation in this patient with the DiGeorge syndrome may have resulted from deficiencies of precursor cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-106
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Immunology and Immunopathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1979


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Immunology

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