Annals of Hematology (Ann Hematol)

Publisher: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hämatologie und Onkologie; Gesellschaft für Thrombose- und Hämostaseforschung; Österreichische Gesellschaft für Hämatologie und Onkologie, Springer Verlag

Journal description

Continuation of Blut and Folia Haematologica Organ of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hämatologie und Onkologie Gesellschaft für Thrombose- und Hämostaseforschung Österreichische Gesellschaft für Hämatologie und Onkologie Annals of Hematology covers the whole spectrum of clinical and experimental hematology hemostaseology blood transfusion and related aspects of medical oncology including the diagnosis and treatment of leukemias lymphatic neoplasias and solid tumors as well as transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells. Information is also presented on general aspects of oncology molecular biology and immunology as pertinent to problems of human blood disease.  

Current impact factor: 2.40

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.396
2012 Impact Factor 2.866
2011 Impact Factor 2.615
2010 Impact Factor 2.688
2009 Impact Factor 2.919
2008 Impact Factor 2.454
2007 Impact Factor 2.342
2006 Impact Factor 2.254
2005 Impact Factor 2.193
2004 Impact Factor 1.292
2003 Impact Factor 1.241
2002 Impact Factor 1.416
2001 Impact Factor 1.566
2000 Impact Factor 1.448
1999 Impact Factor 1.101
1998 Impact Factor 1.397
1997 Impact Factor 1.475
1996 Impact Factor 1.206
1995 Impact Factor 1.182
1994 Impact Factor 1.496
1993 Impact Factor 1.41
1992 Impact Factor 1.137

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 2.64
Cited half-life 5.90
Immediacy index 0.62
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.80
Website Annals of Hematology website
Other titles Annals of hematology (Online)
ISSN 1432-0584
OCLC 41903082
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Annals of Hematology 09/2015; 94(9):1603-4. DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2419-7
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    ABSTRACT: Central venous catheters (CVC), used for the management of children with hemato-oncological disorders, are burdened by a significant incidence of mechanical, infective, or thrombotic complications. These complications favor an increasing risk in prolongation of hospitalization, extra costs of care, and sometimes severe life-threatening events. No guidelines for the management of CVC-related occlusion and CVC-related thrombosis are available for children. To this aim, members of the coagulation defects working group and the supportive therapy working group of the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (AIEOP) reviewed the pediatric and adult literature to propose the first recommendations for the management of CVC-related occlusion and CVC-related thrombosis in children with hemato-oncological disorders.
    Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2481-1
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study is to better understand the mechanism of relapse and acquired clinical resistance to arsenic trioxide (ATO) and/or all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA). Thirty relapsed acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) patients were followed. Fifteen patients experienced two or more relapses; nine patients had clinical resistance to ATO-based therapy. The frequency and clinical significance of promyelocytic leukemia (PML)-retinoic acid receptor alpha (RARA) mutational status using Sanger sequencing were evaluated. Overall, eight different types of mutations in the RARA region (V218D, R272Q, T278A, T291I, N299D, R294W, A300G, and L220_F228delinsP) were identified in 11 patients. Eight missense mutations (L211P, C213R, S214L, A216V, L217F, D219H, S221G, and D241G) were found in the PML portion of PML-RARA in 14 patients, with A216V as the predominant mutation. Eight patients were found to harbor both PML and RARA mutations over the course of the disease. The PML-region mutations were associated with response to ATO-based therapy (P < 0.0001), number of relapses (P = 0.001), and early relapse (P = 0.013). Notably, one case sampled at nine different time points showed alternating clonal dominance over the course of treatment. This study demonstrated frequent mutations of PML-RARA and supported a clonal selection model in relation to APL relapse and ATO resistance.
    Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2477-x
  • Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2469-x
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    ABSTRACT: In recent years, the outcome of Burkitt leukemia/lymphoma (BL) has improved significantly. Central nervous system (CNS) involvement continues to be a poor prognostic indicator. High doses of intravenous polychemotherapy, intrathecal chemotherapy, and cranio-spinal radiation therapy are used by numerous groups. Majority of patients are cured after this strategy. The next challenge is to decrease toxicities of treatment, including long-term toxicities secondary to cranio-spinal radiation therapy observed in these cured patients. Liposomal cytarabine could be a good alternative to cranio-spinal radiation therapy as already reported in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. We report here eleven patients treated in our center for BL, with liposomal cytarabine instead of cranio-spinal radiation therapy as prophylactic or curative treatment for CNS involvement. Treatment was safe with no short-term grade >3 adverse events. Moreover, no long-term side effects and no impact on outcome were observed. We conclude that LC could be a good option to decrease short/long-term side effects of cranio-spinal radiation therapy in BL and could be evaluated in a future clinical trial.
    Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2475-z
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    ABSTRACT: GVHD, both acute and chronic, remains the major cause of morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Thus, there is still a great need for therapeutic tools for the prevention and treatment of GVHD. Several biologics have shown promising results in salvage therapies but are attendant on an increased risk for opportunistic infections, lymphoproliferative disorders, and relapse. This is partly due to efficient T cell elimination that neither dissects alloreactive from non-alloreactive T cells nor considers functional and structural distinctiveness of pathogen- and malignancy-reactive γδ and iNKT T cells. A novel, humanized monoclonal antibody, GZ-αβTCR, specific for the human αβ T cell receptor, was evaluated in a xenogeneic GVHD model for its potential to prevent or ameliorate GVHD and prolong survival. We could show that GZ-αβTCR significantly attenuated clinical signs of GVHD and prolonged survival by preferential depletion of CD4 cells and the naïve T cell compartment, the trigger and driver of GVHD. In a regimen that included a preemptive dose, GZ-αβTCR treatment sufficiently abrogated GVHD. Importantly, GZ-αβTCR's specificity spared host cell-mediated immune competence of cell types other than αβT cells: namely γδT cells. GZ-αβTCR's outstanding capacity to prevent GVHD and ameliorate an ongoing GVHD while sparing immune cells other than αβT cells strongly recommends GZ-αβTCR for the prevention and treatment of acute GVHD in clinical settings.
    Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2471-3
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    ABSTRACT: Allogeneic stem cell transplantation is a treatment option for patients with poor risk CLL. We conducted a retrospective analysis of all CLL patients allografted at our institution, the University Hospital of Cologne, Germany. Data was collected on 40 patients from 2004 to 2012. The mean age was 54, and the majority were male (75 %). On average, the patients were diagnosed 6 years (range 2-12) prior to transplant with an average of 4 years (range 1-8) from time of first-line therapy to transplant. The remission states at the time of transplant were complete remission (CR) (n = 4), stable disease (n = 10), partial remission (n = 20) and progressive disease (n = 6). Only reduced intensity conditioning regimens were employed. The average CD34(+) cell dose was 4.16 × 10(6)/kg. Neutrophil engraftment was seen by day +17 (range 10-23) post-transplant, and 88 % achieved 95-100 % donor chimerism by day 100. Overall survival, progression-free survival and non-relapse mortality at 2 years post-transplant were 65, 52.5 and 27.5 %, respectively. A total of 51 % of patients were found to be minimal residual disease (MRD)-negative at 1 year post-transplant. Our single-centre experience confirms the valuable role of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) in the treatment of poor risk CLL patients with promising long-term survival and acceptable transplant-related mortality. The advent of newer therapeutic agents should not hinder the consideration of allo-SCT for this patient cohort as it remains the only curative option for these patients.
    Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2449-1
  • Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2472-2
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    ABSTRACT: We assessed the prevalence of testicular microlithiasis by scrotal ultrasonography in β-thalassemia major patients older than 10 years and evaluated the association with serum ferritin levels, calcium (Ca), phosphate (Ph), and parathyroid hormone levels (PTH). In this cross-sectional study, 132 male β-thalassemia major patients from 300 male patients older than 10 years old were randomly evaluated by scrotal ultrasonography. Parathyroid hormone, calcium, phosphate, and serum ferritin levels were also evaluated. All of the patients were urologically asymptomatic. One hundred healthy age-matched subjects were selected as control group. Testicular microlithiasis was found in 16 patients and 1 individual in control group (12.1 vs 1 %; p = 0.003). Testicular microlithiasis was associated with age and high serum ferritin levels, but there was no association between Ca, Ph, and PTH levels; blood transfusion; and oral or subcutaneous iron chelation therapy. Also, there was no significant correlation between hyperparathyroidism, history of viral hepatitis, and splenectomy with testicular microlithiasis. The frequency of testicular microlithiasis in β-thalassemia major patients was higher than previously reported. A correlation was found between testicular microlithiasis with age and serum ferritin levels, so regular and adequate iron chelator therapy (at least 10-12 h per day for 5-6 days a week) is recommended. We suggest a close observation and treatment with iron-chelating agents of these patients. Since testicular microlithiasis is occasionally associated with germ cell tumors, clinical and sonographic follow-up is recommended.
    Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2465-1
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    ABSTRACT: Differential diagnosis between transthyretin (TTR) and immunoglobulin light-chain (AL) cardiac amyloidoses is essential due to significantly different prognoses and therapeutic options. Therefore, clinical characteristics of patients with biopsy-proven cardiac amyloidosis were investigated to differentiate TTR from AL amyloidosis. From September 2006 to May 2014, 46 patients were confirmed to have cardiac amyloidosis (TTR, n = 28; AL, n = 18) in our institute. The median age of patients with TTR amyloidosis was 78 years (range 61-90) with 27 (96 %) males, while that of patients with AL amyloidosis was 66 (range 52-76) with 12 (67 %) males. There were no statistically significant differences in echocardiographic findings regarding left ventricular (LV) systolic function or diastolic dysfunction between the two groups. Interestingly, serum brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels in patients with AL amyloidosis were significantly higher than those in TTR amyloidosis patients. In contrast, the LV wall was significantly thicker in patients with TTR amyloidosis than in those with AL amyloidosis. Therefore, the ratio of BNP to LV mass index (LVMI) at presentation in AL amyloidosis patients was significantly higher than that in TTR patients (6.7 vs 2.9, p = 0.0006). A BNP-LVMI ratio of less than 3.5 had a diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for TTR amyloidosis of 71 and 83 %, respectively. One-year overall survival was 88.7 % in the patients with TTR amyloidosis and 23.7 % in the patients with AL amyloidosis. Our analysis indicates that the BNP-LVMI ratio, as well as age and sex, may be useful parameters for distinguishing TTR from AL cardiac amyloidosis.
    Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2466-0
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    ABSTRACT: There is no standard salvage chemotherapy for relapsed or refractory peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCLs). Gemcitabine combined with cisplatin has been known as an effective regimen for lymphoma treatment in the salvage setting. We investigated the efficacy and toxicity of gemcitabine, dexamethasone, and cisplatin (GDP) for relapsed or refractory PTCLs in search of a more effective and less toxic therapy. Patients with relapsed or refractory PTCLs with more than one previous regimen were eligible. Treatment consisted of gemcitabine 1000 mg/m(2) intravenously (i.v.) on days 1 and 8, dexamethasone 40 mg orally on days 1-4, and cisplatin 70 mg/m(2) i.v. on day 1, and then every 21 days. Patients could proceed to autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) after four cycles of GDP or receive up to six treatment cycles. Twenty-five eligible patients were evaluated for toxicity and response. The diagnoses of participants included 14 cases of PTCL-not otherwise specified (NOS) (56 %) and four cases of angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (16 %) among others. The median age of the patients was 59 years (range 20-75 years). After treatments with GDP, which delivered a median of four GDP cycles, there were 12 patients with complete responses (CR; 48 %) and six with partial responses (PR; 24 %). The overall response rate (RR) was 72 %. Four patients preceded to ASCT, and three patients finally achieved CR. The median progression free survival was 9.3 months (95 % confidence interval (CI); 4.1-14.6) with a median follow-up duration of 27.1 months. In a total of 86 cycles of GDP, grade 3 or 4 neutropenia and thrombocytopenia occurred in 16.3 and 12.8 % of cycles, respectively. Three patients (3.3 %) experienced febrile neutropenia. GDP is a highly effective and optimal salvage regimen for relapsed or refractory PTCLs and can be administered with acceptable toxicity.
    Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2468-y
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    ABSTRACT: Primary refractory diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) following R-CHOP chemotherapy is a major concern. We identified 1126 patients with DLBCL treated with R-CHOP from 2000 to 2009, of whom 166 (15 %) had primary refractory disease. Of the 75/166 (45 %) who were age <70 years and had been planned for stage-directed curative therapy, 43 (57 %) were primary nonresponders and 32 (43 %) relapsed within 3 months of completing R-CHOP. Thirty of 75 (40 %) patients had serious comorbidity and organ dysfunction precluding intensive treatment and had palliative treatment only. Twelve of 45 (27 %) patients responded to second-line treatment and underwent ASCT. The median overall survival for the 75 patients was 10 months with only seven patients alive without evidence of disease at follow-up ranging from 14 to 106 months. Primary refractory DLBCL after R-CHOP has a very poor outcome with only anecdotal survivors independent of the intended treatment approach.
    Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2467-z
  • Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2463-3
  • Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2460-6
  • Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2458-0
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    ABSTRACT: The multikinase inhibitor sorafenib has shown a strong anti-leukemic effect in FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3)-mutated acute myeloid leukemia (AML); however, remission is often transient. To better understand the role of sorafenib, we performed a retrospective analysis of all patients who received sorafenib in combination with allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) at our center. Seventeen patients with FLT3-ITD positive AML were treated with sorafenib in combination with allogeneic HSCT. Seven patients received sorafenib therapy pre- and posttransplant, and 10 patients were given sorafenib only posttransplant. Median duration of sorafenib treatment was 13 months (range 1-42); median dose was 600 mg (range 100-1200). Fourteen patients (82 %) achieved a complete remission (CR), while 5 patients (29 %) eventually developed progressive disease. Developing chronic graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) had a strong protective influence on the risk of sorafenib resistance (p = 0.028, HR 0.08, 95 % CI 0.01-0.76). In a total of 8 patients, sorafenib had to be stopped, paused or dose-reduced due to toxicity. In 5 patients with pronounced toxicity, we switched to an alternating dosing schedule with 1 month on/1 month off sorafenib. These patients subsequently remained in sustained complete molecular remission, with a median follow-up of 20 months. Our data indicate that sorafenib can achieve high rates of sustained remission in high-risk patients treated in combination with HSCT.
    Annals of Hematology 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2461-5
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    ABSTRACT: Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) was a standard therapy in chronic phase (CP) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). As a result of the effective therapy with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI), HCT was shifted to defined clinical situations. We present the results of observational prospective analysis of 28 CML patients undergoing HCT after exposure to, at least, two lines of TKI (including dasatinib and/or nilotinib), with respect to response, overall survival (OS), treatment toxicity, graft versus host disease (GVHD), and progression/relapse incidence. All the patients but one engrafted with median time 19 days. OS for patients in CP1 and CP2/accelerated phase (AcP) were 92.9 and 85.7 %, respectively. Six patients allotransplanted in blast crisis (BC) CML died early after HCT. Eighteen patients achieved deep molecular remission (MR(4.5) or MR(4.0)). Relapse incidence was 29.6 %. Median time to progression (TTP) differs significantly depending on the CML phase prior to HCT, the best response achieved after HCT and development of chronic GvHD. NRM yielded the values 7.1, 12.5, and 50 % in CP1, CP2/AcP, and BC, respectively. Fatal outcome, due to veno-occlusive disease (VOD), was observed in two (7 %) patients. In five (17.9 %) patients, mild or moderate VOD was observed with no negative impact of preceding therapy with TKI2. Acute GvHD was diagnosed in 25.9 % of patients, while chronic GvHD developed in 42.9 % of individuals. Pretransplantation therapy with TKI2 in CP CML is safe and reasonable. In BC, the optimal approach before HCT is to reduce the leukemic burden and achieve subsequent CP.
    Annals of Hematology 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2457-1
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    ABSTRACT: There are inequalities in health indicators among different ethnic groups living in the same region and receiving the same medical services. Anemia is a global problem. Although the prevalence of anemia is not high in Israel, differences among ethnic groups have not been studied. Our objective was to assess anemia among Bedouin and Jewish women of childbearing age in southern Israel. A retrospective observational study was conducted based on data from computerized medical records. Seven thousand eight hundred seventy-one women in the study clinics underwent complete blood counts and had blood hemoglobin levels of 11 g/dl or below. The Jewish patients were older (31.7 vs. 29.7 years, P < 0.001), practiced birth control more (24.2 vs. 9.9 %, P < 0.001), and adhered to it more (81.1 vs. 61.9 %, P < 0.001). Bedouin women had more children (3.7 vs. 1.9, P < 0.001), and more Bedouin women were pregnant during the study period (49.3 vs. 35.0 %, P < 0.001). The most prevalent types of anemia were iron deficiency and anemia of chronic disease. Two types of anemia were proportionally higher among Jewish women, anemia of chronic disease (18.1 vs. 9.7 %, P < 0.001) and folic acid deficiency (3.3 vs. 2.2 %, P > 0.001). The adherence rates for treatment were very low. Three factors associated with severe anemia (hemoglobin below 8 g/dl) were being Bedouin (odds ratio (OR) = 1.295, P < 0.001), use of birth control (OR = 0.419, P < 0.001), and pregnancy (OR = 0.447, P < 0.001). Being a Bedouin woman is a risk factor for severe anemia, and adherence to treatment for anemia is very low in both groups. These findings should be addressed in a national program to reduce health inequalities.
    Annals of Hematology 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00277-015-2459-z