Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH): Keys to Recognizing Danger Signs in Kids

While rare, HLH is also potentially life-threatening, so pediatric hematologist-oncologist Michelle Hermiston, MD, PhD, wants pediatricians to understand when and how to think about this hyperinflammatory syndrome. Her talk presents the etiologies, offers pearls on understanding the cytokine storm and delineates when to suspect HLH (think: unexplained, excessive immune response to illness). Hermiston describes keys to the workup, explains why knowing the trigger is essential to effective treatment and discusses which patients should receive a stem cell transplant.

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UCSF Pediatrics

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Michelle Hermiston, MD, PhD

Michelle Hermiston, MD, PhD

Pediatric hematologist-oncologist
Bone marrow transplant specialist
Director, Pediatric Immunotherapy Program

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