Marrow transplant for child with leukemia cures allergy

Patient gets rid of blood cancer and peanut reactivity

By Nathan Seppa, 12:46 PM November 8, 2013

In a rare medical twofer, a child with leukemia who underwent a bone marrow transplant has emerged free of not only his cancer but his peanut allergy.

 

The child was diagnosed with the allergy at 15 months, said Steven Weiss, an allergist in Syosset, N.Y. At age 4, the boy developed acute lymphocytic leukemia.

 

He had received chemotherapy but suffered relapses of his cancer. At age 10, he underwent a bone marrow transplant, an arduous procedure that kills off a patient’s existing bone marrow a...

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