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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(7), 14669-14676;

Listeria Meningitis Complicating Alemtuzumab Treatment in Multiple Sclerosis—Report of Two Cases

Department of Neurology, University of Ulm, Ulm 89081, Germany
Neuropoint Patient Academy, Neurological Practice Center, Ulm 89073, Germany
Department of Neurology, Military Hospital, Ulm 89081, Germany
Department of Neurology, Klinikum Augsburg, Augsburg 86156, Germany
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Academic Editor: Christoph Kleinschnitz
Received: 4 June 2015 / Revised: 4 June 2015 / Accepted: 24 June 2015 / Published: 29 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Multiple Sclerosis)
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Alemtuzumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting the surface molecule CD52, leads to a rapid depletion of immune cells in the innate and adaptive immune system. In phase 2 and 3 trials in multiple sclerosis (MS), infections have been reported more frequently in alemtuzumab than in interferon beta treated patients. Here we report two patients treated with alemtuzumab for MS developing Listeria meningitis few days after the first infusion cycle. Both patients recovered completely after prompt diagnosis and adequate treatment. Physicians and patients should be aware of this serious, but treatable complication. View Full-Text
Keywords: alemtuzumab; multiple sclerosis; Listeria monocytogenes; meningitis alemtuzumab; multiple sclerosis; Listeria monocytogenes; meningitis
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Rau, D.; Lang, M.; Harth, A.; Naumann, M.; Weber, F.; Tumani, H.; Bayas, A. Listeria Meningitis Complicating Alemtuzumab Treatment in Multiple Sclerosis—Report of Two Cases. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 14669-14676.

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