Alemtuzumab-related eosinophilic central nervous system vasculitis

Oliver A Leach, David A Hilton, William Adams, Seth Love, Agne Straukiene

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A 36-year-old woman with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) presented with right-sided spasms, focal seizures and neuropsychiatric symptoms 10 months after her first course of alemtuzumab. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain imaging revealed multiple foci of T2 hyperintensity. Subsequent blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), vasculitis and infective causes was negative. A brain biopsy was performed, revealing a prominent perivascular inflammatory infiltrate with multiple immune cells including eosinophils, suggesting eosinophilic vasculitis. The patient was treated successfully with cyclophosphamide. The potential sequelae of alemtuzumab treatment are discussed; this treatable complication should be considered when tests for JC virus are negative.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalMultiple Sclerosis Journal
Early online date21 Feb 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Feb 2020

Structured keywords

  • Dementia Research Group


  • Multiple sclerosis
  • vasculitis
  • autoimmune
  • alemtuzumab
  • eosinophilic


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