Clinical analysis of rituximab-induced interstitial pneumonia

Huijuan Lv, Ling Dong, Wei Li, Yun Hou, Zheng Song, Lanfang Li, Lihua Qiu, Zhengzi Qian, Shiyong Zhou, Xianming Liu, Huaqing Wang, Huilai Zhang, Kai Fu

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Objective: To identify whether the use of rituximab predisposed to interstitial pneumonia (IP) after treatment of B cell nonHodgkin's lymphoma (B-NHL) with the chemotherapy and immunochemothrapy and to assess the clinical features and treatment of IP.Methods: A clinical study was conducted on 266 cases of CD20+ B-NHL patients with CHOP-like or RCHOP-like therapeutic regimen from January 2010 to May 2015. The cases were divided into rituximab-containing chemotherapy group and chemotherapy group. We analyzed the relationship between the development of IP and the use of rituximab. The IP related clinical features were also reviewed.Results: The incidence of IP in the rituximab-containing chemotherapy group was significantly higher compared with the incidence in the chemotherapy group. The IP-related factors include age>60, male, elevated absolute lymphocyte count (ALC), diabetes, and diffuse larpe B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) subtype. By multivariate analysis, elevated ALC, diabetes, DLBCL subtype, and addition of rituximab were revealed as significant factors for an elevated risk of IP. Conclusion: The incidence of IP was higher in patients with CD20+ BNHL receiving rituximab-containing chemotherapy; this result may be related to immune disorders. Corticosteroids and antifungal therapy can effectively relieve the patients' symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-297
Number of pages7
JournalChinese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2016


  • B cell non-Hodgkin'slymphoma
  • Interstitial pneumonia
  • Risk factor
  • Rituximab
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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    Lv, H., Dong, L., Li, W., Hou, Y., Song, Z., Li, L., Qiu, L., Qian, Z., Zhou, S., Liu, X., Wang, H., Zhang, H., & Fu, K. (2016). Clinical analysis of rituximab-induced interstitial pneumonia. Chinese Journal of Clinical Oncology, 43(7), 291-297.