Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in children with sickle cell disease.

Dipartimento di Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica, IRCCS Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù, Roma, Italy.
Pediatric Blood & Cancer (Impact Factor: 2.35). 04/2012; 59(2):372-6. DOI: 10.1002/pbc.24177
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ABSTRACT Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) represents the only curative treatment for sickle cell disease (SCD), being successful in around 85-90% of patients. Mortality and long-term morbidity (including infertility, gonadal failure, and chronic graft-vs.-host disease) associated with conventional approaches curtail the number of patients who undergo allo-HSCT. Recently, it has been demonstrated that cord blood is as effective as and possibly safer than bone marrow in pediatric patients with SCD. Likewise, transplant strategies based on the use of reduced-intensity regimens and the induction of mixed chimerism have been explored to decrease allo-HSCT short- and long-term complications.

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