Bile Duct Apoptosis and Cholestasis Resembling Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease After Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
ABSTRACT Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) of the liver is a frequent complication of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. This report describes hepatic GVHD following autologous transplantation.
We reviewed 116 consecutive autologous transplant recipients. A diagnosis of GVHD was based on histology (segmental to subtotal destruction of bile ductal epithelial cells with apoptosis and lymphocytic infiltrates), clinical criteria (elevated serum alkaline phosphatase), a response to immunosuppressive therapy, and finding no other cause for cholestatic liver disease.
Two patients developed cholestatic liver disease (alkaline phosphatase levels over five times the normal upper limit) and had liver biopsies showing apoptotic and dysmorphic ductular epithelial cells typical of GVHD. Three additional patients developed cholestasis and intestinal symptoms but had gastric biopsies only, showing apoptotic crypt epithelial cells and crypt cell drop-out typical of GVHD.
Two recipients of autologous hematopoietic cells developed histologic abnormalities of small bile ducts and cholestatic liver disease resembling GVHD of the liver after allogeneic transplant. The mechanisms of bile duct damage in this setting may involve immune dysregulation related to reconstitution of immunity with peripheral blood stem cells.
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- "Although there is no genetic disparity in GVHD development among patients undergoing ASCT, auto-GVHD has been reported to arise either spontaneously (2-5) or in patients receiving immunologic modulation (6,7). Auto-GVHD is generally self-limited and often requires no treatment (8-10). In contrast, several case reports have described patients presenting with severe and ultimately fatal spontaneous auto-GVHD (2-4). "
ABSTRACT: Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a common complication of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). However, a similar syndrome has been reported in autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) as well. The target organs of GVHD in ASCT are the skin, liver and gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which are consistent with those in allo-SCT. Histologic findings from the skin and the mucosa of the GI tract also show similar features. Here we describe a case of autologous GVHD involving the skin of a patient who underwent ASCT for multiple myeloma. In this patient, the response to a total prednisone dose of 0.5 mg/kg/day was unsatisfactory, and the patient required more intensive and prolonged immunosuppressive therapy with slow tapering.Immune Network 06/2013; 13(3):107-10. DOI:10.4110/in.2013.13.3.107
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ABSTRACT: We have analyzed the long-term outcome and toxicities in 98 patients with high-risk acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) who were treated with autologous bone marrow transplantation (ABMT) and monitored for a median observation period of 11.67 years. Between 1983 and 1994, 98 patients in our institution in first or second and higher complete remission (CR) underwent total body irradiation and high-dose cyclophosphamide prior to ABMT purged with mafosfamide. Twenty-seven out of the 90 evaluable patients (30%) were alive and in continuous CR for a median of 11.67 years (range, 6.39-15.53) after ABMT and could be considered as 'cured'. Among the 90 patients, 39 were transplanted at first CR and had a significantly higher survival rate than those transplanted at > or = 2 CR. Younger patients (<40 years) had a better prognosis and patients with FAB M1-4 had a more favorable outcome than those with M5. Long-term complications included four patients with cardiac complications, two with renal insufficiency. Five developed HCV infections, four myelodysplastic syndrome. The incidence of cataract among the long-term survivors was 44.4%. Therefore, a significant number of adult patients with AML in first CR derived long-term benefit from ABMT, despite the risks of a few long-term complications and of MDS (4.4%).Bone Marrow Transplantation 07/2002; 30(1):15-22. DOI:10.1038/sj.bmt.1703586 · 3.57 Impact Factor