[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A massive transfusion protocol may offer major advantages for management of postpartum hemorrhage. The etiology of postpartum hemorrhage, transfusion outcomes and laboratory indices in obstetric cases requiring the massive transfusion protocol were retrospectively evaluated in a tertiary obstetric center.
We reviewed medical records of obstetric patients requiring the massive transfusion protocol over a 31-month period. Demographic, obstetric, transfusion, laboratory data and adverse maternal outcomes were abstracted.
Massive transfusion protocol activation occurred in 31 patients (0.26% of deliveries): 19 patients (61%) had cesarean delivery, 10 patients (32%) had vaginal delivery, and 2 patients (7%) had dilation and evacuation. Twenty-six patients (84%) were transfused with blood products from the massive transfusion protocol. The protocol was activated within 2h of delivery for 17 patients (58%). Median [IQR] total estimated blood loss value was 2842 [800-8000]mL. Median [IQR] number of units of red blood cells, plasma and platelets from the massive transfusion protocol were: 3 [1.75-7], 3 [1.5-5.5], and 1 [0-2.5] units, respectively. Mean (SD) post-resuscitation hematologic indices were: hemoglobin 10.3 (2.4)g/dL, platelet count 126 (44)×10(9)/L, and fibrinogen 325 (125)mg/dL. The incidence of intensive care admission and peripartum hysterectomy was 61% and 19%, respectively.
Our massive transfusion protocol provides early access to red blood cells, plasma and platelets for patients experiencing unanticipated or severe postpartum hemorrhage. Favorable hematologic indices were observed post resuscitation. Future outcomes-based studies are needed to compare massive transfusion protocol and non-protocol based transfusion strategies for the management of hemorrhage.
International journal of obstetric anesthesia 05/2012; 21(3):230-5. DOI:10.1016/j.ijoa.2012.03.005 · 1.60 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Previously undiagnosed anaemia is common in elective orthopaedic surgical patients and is associated with increased likelihood of blood transfusion and increased perioperative morbidity and mortality. A standardized approach for the detection, evaluation, and management of anaemia in this setting has been identified as an unmet medical need. A multidisciplinary panel of physicians was convened by the Network for Advancement of Transfusion Alternatives (NATA) with the aim of developing practice guidelines for the detection, evaluation, and management of preoperative anaemia in elective orthopaedic surgery. A systematic literature review and critical evaluation of the evidence was performed, and recommendations were formulated according to the method proposed by the Grades of Recommendation Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group. We recommend that elective orthopaedic surgical patients have a haemoglobin (Hb) level determination 28 days before the scheduled surgical procedure if possible (Grade 1C). We suggest that the patient's target Hb before elective surgery be within the normal range, according to the World Health Organization criteria (Grade 2C). We recommend further laboratory testing to evaluate anaemia for nutritional deficiencies, chronic renal insufficiency, and/or chronic inflammatory disease (Grade 1C). We recommend that nutritional deficiencies be treated (Grade 1C). We suggest that erythropoiesis-stimulating agents be used for anaemic patients in whom nutritional deficiencies have been ruled out, corrected, or both (Grade 2A). Anaemia should be viewed as a serious and treatable medical condition, rather than simply an abnormal laboratory value. Implementation of anaemia management in the elective orthopaedic surgery setting will improve patient outcomes.
BJA British Journal of Anaesthesia 01/2011; 106(1):13-22. DOI:10.1093/bja/aeq361 · 4.85 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Previously undiagnosed anaemia is commonly identified during preadmission testing in patients undergoing elective surgery. Anaemia in these patients and related perioperative therapy have been associated with increased morbidity (including increased rates of perioperative infection) and mortality. Clinical care pathways for patients in these settings have been developed by the Society for Blood Management (SABM) and the Network for the Advancement of Transfusion Alternatives (NATA). These consensus recommendations emphasize the following: (1) preadmission testing, including complete blood counts (CBC) that should occur as close as possible to 30 days before the scheduled surgery date; (2) any anaemia identified should be evaluated and managed before surgery; (3) evaluations and laboratory testing should be performed to rule out nutritional causes (particularly iron deficiency), chronic kidney disease and/or anaemia of inflammation and (4) management of anaemia should include consideration of IV iron therapy and/or therapy with erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESA).
ISBT Science Series 06/2010; 5(n1):120 - 124. DOI:10.1111/j.1751-2824.2010.01368.x
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The quantity of iron in body is carefully regulated, primarily by control of iron absorption, and excess total body iron can be extremely toxic. Since humans have no mechanism for elimination of excess iron, multiple transfusions of red blood cells, which are required for the management of a number of disorders, inevitably result in iron overload. Cumulative iron overload, in turn, leads to iron toxicity with organ dysfunction and damage.
This review examines the relationship between iron metabolism and hematologic disorders treated with multiple transfusions, with emphasis on the diagnosis and current methods of management of iron overload and toxicity in transfusion-dependent patients. Primarily using key words, we identified and reviewed more than 100 pertinent articles in English and other languages in the Medline database plus an additional number of abstracts of presentations at recent meetings of relevant scientific associations.
Transfusion-dependent disorders include those characterized by decreased red blood cell production, increased red blood cell destruction, or chronic blood loss. Patients receiving chronic transfusion therapy should be screened and monitored for iron overload, yet in our opinion, this is not always done routinely. Once iron overload has been identified, it should be treated to reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality from iron toxicity, which particularly affects the liver and heart.
Increased awareness of the risks of iron overload from chronic transfusion therapy should result in greater use of interventions such as iron chelation to reduce total body iron and the risk of long-term sequelae.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The decision to use red blood cell transfusion and/or blood products (fresh frozen plasma, platelets, cryoprecipitate) to manage obstetric hemorrhage or treat postpartum anemia is often made empirically by physicians. We performed a retrospective study to review transfusion outcomes in pregnant and postpartum patients at a large obstetric center.
A retrospective, observational study was performed of obstetric in-patients who received red blood cell transfusion and/or blood products over a one-year period. Data abstracted included transfusion data, pre-transfusion hemoglobin (Hb) and lowest recorded (nadir) Hb, and maternal and neonatal outcomes.
During the study period, 74 patients received transfusion therapy (1.4%). Pre-transfusion and nadir Hb values were 7.6 g/dL and 7.0 g/dL respectively. Median [IQR] total red blood cells transfused were 2 units [2-3], with 41 (55%) patients receiving 1-2 units. Based on chart review, no specific indications for transfusion were identified in 25 patients (34%), and 13 patients (18%) had undetected postpartum anemia (Hb values <8.2 g/dL) at least 24h after delivery.
More formal assessment and documentation of the etiologic factors associated with transfusion management in pregnant patients is advised. In addition, the identification and management of undetected postpartum anemia is underappreciated.
International journal of obstetric anesthesia 08/2009; 18(4):302-8. DOI:10.1016/j.ijoa.2009.02.005 · 1.60 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: It was hypothesized that transfusion of two granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)-mobilized prophylactic granulocyte components into allogeneic peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC) transplant patients during the regimen-related neutropenic interval would result in clinical benefit.
HLA-matched sibling PBPC donors (n=151) were biologically randomized based on ABO mismatch to donate granulocyte components (Cohort G) or not donate granulocytes (control group, Cohort C). ABO-matched donors who did not meet other study-specific criteria were reassigned to Cohort C.
Feasibility, defined as the proportion of ABO-matched donors who underwent granulocyte collections, was 42 percent (53 of 125). The percentage of patients who developed fever during the initial hospitalization was greater in Cohort C versus Cohort G (82.7% vs. 64.2%; p=0.03). In the interval from when granulocyte transfusions were initially given in Cohort G (Day +3 or Day +5) until neutrophil engraftment, the number of febrile days was less in Cohort G versus Cohort C (median, 0 vs. 1; Mann-Whitney p=0.003). The median number of days of intravenous antibiotics given during the initial hospitalization was less in Cohort G versus Cohort C (9 vs. 11; Mann-Whitney p=0.03), a difference accounted for in the interval from Day +3 or Day +5 to neutrophil recovery. There was no significant difference in length of the initial hospital stay, acute graft-versus-host disease rates, or 100-day survival between the two cohorts.
This prospective study demonstrates a modest, but significant, benefit of G-CSF-mobilized HLA-matched prophylactic granulocyte transfusions in neutropenic allogeneic PBPC recipients.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We retrospectively reviewed the results of transplanting peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC) allografts from HLA-matched sibling donors mobilized using various hematopoietic cytokines. Patients had received allografts mobilized with Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) (G, N = 65) alone, G plus Granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) (G/GM, N = 70), or GM-CSF alone at 10 or 15 microg/kg/day (GM, N = 10 at 10 microg/kg/day and 21 at 15 microg/kg/day). The CD34+ and CD3+ cell content of grafts were significantly lower following GM alone compared to G alone (P < 0.001 and 0.04, respectively). Nonhematopoietic toxicity observed in donors precluded dose escalation of GM-CSF beyond 10 microg/kg/day. Hematopoietic recovery was similar among all three groups. Grades II-IV acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was observed in only 13% of patients in the GM alone group compared to 49 and 69% in the G alone or G/GM groups, respectively (P < 0.001). In a multivariate analysis, receipt of PBPC mobilized with GM alone was associated with a lower risk of grades II-IV acute GVHD (hazard ratio 0.21; 95% CI 0.073, 0.58) compared to G alone or G/GM. There were no differences in relapse risk or overall survival among the groups. Donor PBPC grafts mobilized with GM-CSF alone result in prompt hematopoietic engraftment despite lower CD34+ cell doses and may reduce the risk of grades II-IV acute GVHD following HLA-matched PBPC transplantation.
Bone Marrow Transplantation 09/2005; 36(6):531-8. DOI:10.1038/sj.bmt.1705091 · 3.57 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recent studies suggest that cancer patients may be at increased risk for supraventricular tachyarrhythmias (SVTA). We have observed clinically significant SVTA in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation occurring at a median of 6 days post transplant, manifesting as atrial fibrillation/flutter or regular narrow-complex tachycardia and persisting for a median of 3 days (range, 0-8). All patients received aggressive medical therapy and/or electrical cardioversion to restore sinus rhythm and to re-establish hemodynamic stability. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) was the most common diagnosis (53%), and a case control analysis in those patients demonstrated that SVTA occurred in 12% of patients and was associated with older age and pre-existing cardiac conditions. In conclusion, patients undergoing HSCT are at moderate risk for developing SVTA, particularly older patients with a diagnosis of NHL. These arrhythmias are clinically significant, and are a marker for increased mortality and prolonged hospital stay. Additional studies are needed to identify high-risk patients who may benefit from prophylactic anti-arrhythmic therapy.
Bone Marrow Transplantation 11/2004; 34(7):615-9. DOI:10.1038/sj.bmt.1704623 · 3.57 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: On the basis of observations from dog models and human studies, we hypothesized that a low-dose (550 cGy), single-exposure total body irradiation (TBI)-based regimen would result in improved survival when given to adult patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) who were undergoing unrelated donor bone marrow transplantation in complete remission (CR). The regimen consisted of single exposure (550 cGy) of TBI given at a high dose rate (30 cGy/min) and cyclophosphamide. Graft-versus-host disease prophylaxis consisted of cyclosporine, methotrexate, and corticosteroids. Thirty-two consecutive adult patients (median age, 47 years) with AML in CR (15 in CR 1 and 17 in CR > or =2) were treated. Sixteen patients (50%) were alive and in remission at last follow-up (median, 2.2 years; range, 0.6-4.0 years). Kaplan-Meier estimates of overall and leukemia-free survival at 3 years were 55% +/- 14% (mean +/- SE) and 57% +/- 14% in CR 1 patients and were both 39% +/- 12% in CR > or =2 patients. Transplant-related mortality was 13% for patients in CR 1 and 41% for those in CR > or =2. Only 1 patient (3%) experienced fatal regimen-related organ toxicity, and only 1 had grade III or IV acute graft-versus-host disease. Graft failure was not observed. Relapse occurred in 22% of patients. This low-dose (550 cGy), single-exposure TBI-based regimen resulted in good survival and a low risk of fatal regimen-related organ toxicity in adult patients with AML who underwent unrelated donor bone marrow transplantation in CR.
Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation 05/2004; 10(5):310-9. DOI:10.1016/j.bbmt.2003.12.002 · 3.40 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is an immunosuppressive agent that interferes with antigen presentation and with activity against graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). In a phase II trial assessing the GVHD prophylactic effects of HCQ, 51 consecutive unrelated donor transplant recipients received HCQ in addition to cyclosporin A, methylprednisolone, and methotrexate. HCQ was initiated on pretransplantation day -21 at 800 mg/d and continued until day +100 after transplantation. HCQ was extremely well tolerated and was not associated with side effects. Pharmacokinetic analyses demonstrated large inter- and intrapatient variability. The addition of HCQ did not affect posttransplantation immune recovery. Grade II to IV acute GVHD was observed in 56% of patients, and grade III and IV GVHD was observed in 17%. Day +100 mortality was 22%. When compared with a matched cohort of patients reported to the International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry, patients receiving HCQ had comparable cumulative incidences of grade II to IV acute GVHD. However, lower incidences of grades III and IV GVHD and better GVHD-free survival were observed in HCQ-treated patients (P =.01). We conclude that prophylactic HCQ is well tolerated and associated with a low incidence of severe acute GVHD. An ongoing placebo-controlled randomized trial will further determine what role HCQ plays in preventing GVHD after allografting.
Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation 12/2003; 9(11):714-21. DOI:10.1016/j.bbmt.2003.08.006 · 3.40 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In contrast to allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (allo-BMT), there is a paucity of data on cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and preemptive therapy (PT) strategies following allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell (allo-PBSC) transplantation. We report here on the patterns of CMV infection in a cohort of 225 patients following sibling donor allo-PBSC transplantation. In an attempt to reduce neutropenia, we used intravenous low-dose short-course (LDSC) ganciclovir (GCV) 5 mg/kg once daily for 21 days as preemptive therapy. A total of 165 recipient-donor pairs were CMV seropositive. An initial episode of viremia (detected by shell vial/tube culture) occurred in 75/165 (45%) at a median of day +35 (17-445) post allo-PBSC. In all, 58 patients received PT with LDSC GCV. Among 58, 55 (94%) completed the 21-day course of PT. A second episode of viremia occurred in 19/58 (33%) at day+80 (50-174) and a third episode in 5/58 (9%) at day+134 (103-218). Among patients receiving LDSC GCV, 5/58(9%) developed disease (four pneumonia, one colitis) at day+211 (63-487). No patient on LDSC GCV exhibited a decline in their ANC below 500/microl and none required growth factors. LDSC GCV is extremely well tolerated and cost-effective as PT for CMV viremia following allo-PBSC transplantation.
Bone Marrow Transplantation 11/2003; 32(7):703-7. DOI:10.1038/sj.bmt.1704216 · 3.57 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Autologous blood procurement remains in evolution. Interest in preoperative autologous blood donation (PAD) increased substantially in the 1980's due to the recognition that HIV was transmissible by blood. Concomitant with increased blood safety, however, PAD activity has declined approximately 40% since 1992. Reasons for this decline are unclear; patients may feel more comfortable with issues regarding blood safety, but associated costs and discard rates of up to 50% of blood units are other important factors. An alternate strategy is acute normovolemic hemodilution (ANH), which has the advantages of lower costs along with no wastage of blood units. A further advantage is that since ANH units never leave the patient's bedside, there is no possibility of an administrative error that could lead to ABO-related hemolysis (as could occur with PAD units stored in the blood bank). Concerns regarding the adequacy of national blood inventories may restimulate interest in autologous blood procurement, independent of issues regarding blood risks or costs.
Zentralblatt für Chirurgie 07/2003; 128(6):462-7. DOI:10.1055/s-2003-40618 · 1.05 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: On the basis of observations of dog models and from earlier studies with humans, we hypothesized that a low-dose (550 cGy) TBI-based conditioning regimen would result in sustained engraftment of HLA-matched sibling peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) with low treatment-related mortality (TRM) and low serious organ toxicity if the TBI was given as a single dose and at a high dose rate. The regimen included 550 cGy TBI administered as a single dose at 30 cGy/min and cyclophosphamide. Cyclosporine was given as GVHD prophylaxis. Twenty-seven good-risk (acute leukemia in first remission and chronic-phase chronic myelogenous leukemia) and 53 poor-risk (other) patients were accrued. Complete donor engraftment occurred in 93% to 100% of evaluable patients at each scheduled assessment and was durable through 4 years. Mixed chimerism (50% to 98% donor) was observed in 9 patients (11%). Without further intervention, all patients had complete donor engraftment on subsequent assessments. Graft failure did not occur. TRM through at least 2 years was 7% in the good-risk and 19% in the poor-risk diagnostic groups. Grade 4 (fatal) organ toxicity occurred in only 2 patients (2.5%). Other causes of TRM included infection and GVHD. Median follow-up for the surviving patients was 1234 days (range, 780-1632 days). Current status includes 39 patients (49%) alive and in complete remission, 2 alive in relapse, and 39 dead. Relapse occurred in 15% of the good-risk group and 45% of the poor-risk group. The Kaplan-Meier estimates of 3-year disease-free and overall survival of the good-risk group were 77% and 85%, respectively, and of the poor-risk group were 34% and 36%, respectively. Low-dose (550 cGy), single-exposure TBI given at a high dose rate with cyclophosphamide resulted in consistent durable engraftment of HLA-matched sibling PBSC with a low risk of fatal organ toxicity and TRM.
Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation 02/2002; 8(11):608-18. DOI:10.1053/bbmt.2002.v8.abbmt080608 · 3.40 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Many patients receiving dose-intensive chemotherapy acquire thrombocytopenia and need platelet transfusions. A study was conducted to determine whether platelets harvested from healthy donors treated with thrombopoietin could provide larger increases in platelet counts and thereby delay time to next platelet transfusion compared to routinely available platelets given to thrombocytopenic patients. Community platelet donors received either 1 or 3 microg/kg pegylated recombinant human megakaryocyte growth and development factor (PEG-rHuMGDF) or placebo and then donated platelets 10 to 15 days later. One hundred sixty-six of these platelet concentrates were then transfused to 120 patients with platelets counts 25 x 10(9)/L or lower. Pretransfusion platelet counts (11 x 10(9)/L) were similar for recipients of placebo-derived and PEG-rHuMGDF-derived platelets. Early after transfusion, the median platelet count increment was higher in patients receiving PEG-rHuMGDF-derived platelets: 19 (range, -12-66) x 10(9)/L, 41 (range, 5-133) x 10(9)/L, and 82 (range, -4-188) x 10(9)/L for placebo-, 1-microg/kg-, and 3-micro/kg-derived platelets, respectively. This difference was maintained 18 to 24 hours after transfusion. Transfusion-free intervals were 1.72, 2.64, and 3.80 days for the recipients of the placebo-, 1-microg/kg-, and 3-micro/kg-derived platelets, respectively. The rate of transfusion-related adverse events was not different in recipients of placebo-derived and PEG-rHuMGDF-derived platelets. Therefore, when transfused into patients with thrombocytopenia, platelets collected from healthy donors undergoing thrombopoietin therapy were safe and resulted in significantly greater platelet count increments and longer transfusion-free intervals than platelets obtained from donors treated with placebo.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The recombinant thrombopoietins have been shown to be effective stimulators of platelet production in cancer patients. It was therefore of interest to determine if one of these, pegylated recombinant human megakaryocyte growth and development factor (PEG-rHuMGDF), could be used to increase platelet counts and consequently platelet yields from apheresis in healthy platelet donors. In a blinded, 2-cycle, crossover study, 59 platelet donors were randomized to receive a single subcutaneous injection of PEG-rHuMGDF (1 microg/kg or 3 microg/kg) or placebo and 15 days later undergo platelet apheresis. Donors treated with placebo had a median peak platelet count after PEG-rHuMGDF injection of 248 x 10(9)/L compared with 366 x 10(9)/L in donors treated with 1 microg/kg PEG-rHuMGDF and 602 x 10(9)/L in donors treated with 3 microg/kg PEG-rHuMGDF. The median maximum percentage that platelet counts increased from baseline was 10% in donors who received placebo compared with 70% in donors who received 1 microg/kg and 167% in donors who received 3 microg/kg PEG-rHuMGDF. There was a direct relationship between the platelet yield and the preapheresis platelet count: Placebo-treated donors provided 3.8 x 10(11) (range 1.3 x 10(11)-7.9 x 10(11)) platelets compared with 5.6 x 10(11) (range 2.6 x 10(11)-12.5 x 10(11)) or 11.0 x 10(11) (range 7.1 x 10(11)-18.3 x 10(11)) in donors treated with 1 microg/kg or 3 microg/kg PEG-rHuMGDF, respectively. Substandard collections (<3 x 10(11) platelets) were obtained from 26%, 4%, and 0% of the placebo, 1 microg/kg, and 3 microg/kg donors, respectively. No serious adverse events were reported; nor were there events that met the criteria for dose-limiting toxicity. Thrombopoietin therapy can increase platelet counts in healthy donors to provide a median 3-fold more apheresis platelets compared with untreated donors.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report two cases of severe alloimmune hemolysis after hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplant resulting from an anti-Jk(a). The time course of hemolysis and Jk phenotypes of the donor and recipient in the cases reported suggest that the antibody was produced by donor-derived passenger lymphocytes. Retrospective analysis of the blood bank records of all allogeneic HSC transplant patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital from 1994 to 1999 suggests that the incidence of alloimmune hemolysis due to incompatibilities involving non-ABO or RhD red cell antigens is very low, approximately 1%. In one patient, the duration of hemolysis was shortened significantly by performing red cell exchange at the first sign of intravascular hemolysis.
Bone Marrow Transplantation 07/2001; 27(12):1305-10. DOI:10.1038/sj.bmt.1703074 · 3.57 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) is a major cause of mortality after allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Although initial treatment with corticosteroids is effective in the majority of patients, 30--60% develop steroid resistance. Anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) is commonly used as first-line therapy for steroid resistant (SR) aGVHD. However, data on its efficacy are limited. At two institutions we reviewed the results of treatment with ATG of 58 patients with SR aGVHD. Initial manifestations of aGVHD were treated with 2 mg/kg/day of methylprednisolone (MP). Equine ATG was administered as first-line therapy for SR aGVHD, a median of 9 days (range, 3 to 39) after initiation of MP. At the time of initiation of ATG, IBMTR severity indices B, C and D were observed in 6%, 40% and 54% of patients, respectively. Improvement was observed in 30% of patients treated with ATG. Skin disease was more likely to improve with ATG (79%), while progression of gut and liver aGVHD was observed in 40% and 66% of patients, respectively. Despite initial improvement, 52 patients (90%) died a median of 40 days after ATG therapy from progressive aGVHD and/or infection (74%), ARDS (15%), or relapse (11%). Only six patients (10%), three of whom had aGVHD limited to the skin at the time ATG was administered, are long-term survivors. We conclude that initial improvement of SR aGVHD occurs with ATG in a minority of patients, and very few patients become long-term survivors. Furthermore, this treatment is associated with a high rate of major complications.
Bone Marrow Transplantation 06/2001; 27(10):1059-64. DOI:10.1038/sj.bmt.1703032 · 3.57 Impact Factor