[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The addition of cladribine to the standard regimen consisting of daunorubicin and cytarabine has been reported to increase the efficacy of induction therapy in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The goal of this study was to determine the effect of this modification on the incidence and spectrum of infectious complications.
Case report forms of 309 patients with newly diagnosed AML who had been enrolled in the prospective, randomized 'DAC-7 vs. DA-7' trial were reviewed. The frequency, etiology, localization, severity, and outcome of infections were compared for patients receiving only daunorubicin and cytarabine (DA-7) and those additionally treated with cladribine (DAC-7).
A total of 443 febrile episodes were reported with no significant difference between the treatment groups. A trend towards a higher frequency of bacteremias was observed among DA-7 patients compared to those in the DAC-7 group (31% vs. 21%; p=0.08). The treatment arms did not differ in terms of the distribution of the isolated Gram-positive, Gram-negative, fungal, and viral organisms. However, when bacteremias were considered, Gram-positive blood cultures tended to be more frequent in the DA-7 compared to the DAC-7 group (16% vs. 8.5%; p=0.07). This difference reached statistical significance when major blood bacteremias were analyzed separately (13% vs. 5%; p=0.02). Complete recovery from infections was observed in the majority of patients across both treatment arms and no significant difference was noted regarding infection-related mortality.
The addition of cladribine to standard induction chemotherapy has no impact on the incidence and spectrum of infectious complications in newly diagnosed AML patients.
International journal of infectious diseases: IJID: official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases 08/2009; 14(2):e132-40. · 2.17 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To reduce the risk of graft rejection after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) for patients with acquired severe aplastic anemia (SAA), we introduced an intensified preparative regimen consisting of treosulfan 10 g/m2/d on days -7, -6, cyclophosphamide 40 mg/kg/d on days -5, -4, -3, -2 and anti-thymocyte globulin 2 mg/kg/d on days -3, -2, -1. Six patients with the history of multiple transfusions were treated with alloHCT from either HLA-identical sibling (n=3) or an unrelated volunteer (n=3). Each, bone marrow and peripheral blood was used as a source of stem cells in three cases. All patients engrafted and achieved complete donor chimerism. None of the patients experienced severe organ toxicity. No severe acute graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) was observed; two patients experienced extensive chronic GVHD. At the median follow-up of 14.5 (13-27) months all patients remained alive and disease-free. Our observation indicates that treosulfan + cyclophosphamide + antithymocyte globulin conditioning is well-tolerated and allows stable engraftment in acquired SAA.
Annals of transplantation: quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society 02/2006; 11(2):23-7; discussion 32-43. · 1.43 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Acute graft-versus-host-disease (aGvHD) is a major cause of mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT). The goal of this study was to evaluate the incidence and risk factors for this complication.
330 consecutive patients (183 male and 147 female), aged 29 (10-56) years, treated with alloHCT in a single center between 1992-2003 were included in the analysis. AlloHCT was performed after myeloablative conditioning from either related donor (rel-HCT) (n=223) or unrelated voulnteer (URD-HCT) (n=107). GVHD prophylaxis consisted of cyclosporin, methotrexate +/- prednisolone.
Cumulative incidence of grade II-IV and grade III-IV aGvHD equaled 31% and 17%, respectively. In multivariate analysis the following factors were associated with increased risk of grade II-IV aGvHD: the diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) or myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) (vs. other diagnoses), URD-HCT (vs. Rel-HCT), years of alloHCT 1992-2001 (vs. 2002-2003), donor age > or =35 years, and CD34+ cell dose > or = 4.0 x 10(6)/kg. Increased risk of grade III-IV aGVHD was associated with: the use of prednisolone for aGvHD prophylaxis, the diagnosis of CML or MDS, and CD3+ cell dose > or =100 x l0(6)/kg.
Incidence of aGvHD depends on various recipient-, donor-, and procedure-related factors. This should be taken into account when planning treatment for every individual patient.
Annals of transplantation: quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society 01/2006; 11(1):16-23. · 1.43 Impact Factor