Clinical impact of thrombotic microangiopathy on the outcome of patients with acute graft-versus-host disease after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
ABSTRACT The impact of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) on outcome was studied in 148 patients with acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) (> or =grade II). The Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network's definition for TMA was used to diagnose definite TMA. Probable TMA was diagnosed when none of the features of nephropathy and neurologic abnormalities associated with definite TMA were present. Overall, TMA developed in 43 (29%) patients; 16 definite and 27 probable. The occurrence of TMA, the maximum grade of acute GVHD and initial treatment failure were associated with shorter overall and GVHD-specific survival. The development of probable as well as definite TMA affected the survival of patients with acute GVHD adversely. These results show the clinical impact of TMA on patients with acute GVHD, and suggest that the proposed definitions and grading of TMA may need to be modified.
Article: Guidelines on the use of therapeutic apheresis in clinical practice: evidence-based approach from the Apheresis Applications Committee of the American Society for Apheresis.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) Apheresis Applications Committee is charged with a review and categorization of indications for therapeutic apheresis. This elaborate process had been undertaken every 7 years resulting in three prior publications in 1986, 1993, and 2000 of "The ASFA Special Issues." This article is the integral part of the Fourth ASFA Special Issue. The Fourth ASFA Special Issue is significantly modified in comparison to the previous editions. A new concept of a fact sheet has been introduced. The fact sheet succinctly summarizes the evidence for the use of therapeutic apheresis. A detailed description of the fact sheet is provided. The article consists of 53 fact sheets devoted to each disease entity currently categorized by the ASFA. Categories I, II, and III are defined as previously in the Third Special Issue. However, a few new therapeutic apheresis modalities, not yet approved in the United States or are currently in clinical trials, have been assigned category P (pending) by the ASFA Clinical Categories Subcommittee. The diseases assigned to category IV are discussed in a separate article in this issue.Journal of Clinical Apheresis 06/2007; 22(3):106-75. · 1.93 Impact Factor