I have 3 yr old girl with huge splenomegaly, liver palpable 3cm, anemia and thrombocytopenia. BM aspiration & biopsy were normal. She had tooth decay and mentality is normal. She had 2 siblings die at age 1-2 yrs for unknown cause presumably sepsis. IGM is low 2.5mg, IGA is high, IGG is normal. Coombs negative, doppler US abdomen normal. What is diagnosis? Thank you.


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Phil Lieberman, M.D.

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Phil Lieberman, M.D.

Response from Dr. Krishnaswamy:
The patient presented raises some concerns. I do believe that a more comprehensive work up is important. This might include:

  • Functional antibody responses
  • CMV/EBV/Mycoplasma titers
  • Reticulocyte count
  • Complement levels: CH50
  • T cell numbers and function

I would get a hematologist to also see this patient

Differential suggested below:

  • 3 year old female child with selective IgM deficiency per labs
  • Ethnicity is unknown
  • Hepatosplenomegaly- if confirmed on abdominal ultrasound (unable to understand how this was read as "normal"), thrombocytopenia and anemia would be unusual with sIgM deficiency
  • Low IgM, elevated IgA and normal IgG
  • Coombs negative anemia
  • Anemia/thrombocytopenia may be related to hypersplenism versus autoimmunity


  • Selective IgM deficiency associated with infectious, neoplastic or autoimmune complications Versus
  • CVID (Childhood-onset)
  • Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (need mean platelet volume; history of eczema?)
  • ALPS (Fas-FasL mutation/CASPase 8/10)-double negative cells are often present as biomarker
  • Hematophagocytosis syndromes if associated with fever- either primary or secondary: Hypertriglyceridemia nd hyperferritinemia as well as elevated IL-2R as biomarkers
  • Versus metabolic or inflammatory/infectious diseases of the liver/spleen  Such as EBV, CMV, malaria, Mycoplasma, hepatitis C, storage diseases etc.

Guha Krishnaswamy

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