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High Overall and GVHD-Free Survival in Patients with Aplastic Anemia Receiving in vivo T-cell Depletion Transplants and Long-Term Complications
Maria Queralt Salas MD1,2,3, Eshetu G. Atenafu 4, Wilson Lam MD1,2, Arjun Datt Law MD1,2, Dennis(Dong Hwan)Kim MD1,2,Fotios V. Michelis MD1,2, Zeyad Al-Shaibani MD1,2, Armin Gerbitz MD1,2, Jeffrey Howard Lipton MD1,2,Auro Viswabandya MD1,2, Jonas Mattsson MD1,2, Vikas Gupta MD1, Rajat Kumar MD1,2

1University of Toronto, Dept of Medicine, Section of Medical Oncology and Hematology,

2Hans Messner Allogeneic Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program, Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,

3Hematology Department, Institut Català d'Oncologia-Hospitalet, IDIBELL, Barcelona, Spain,

4Department of Biostatistics, Princes Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

severe aplastic anemia, allogeneic stem cell transplant, outcome, anti-thymocyte globulin, alemtuzumab
Submitted:February 26, 2020
Accepted:May 24, 2020
Published online:July 14, 2020


We report a single-center experience of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant for patients with severe aplastic anemia over 13 years of age. Fifty-eight patients were included, and in vivo T-cell depletion was used in all cases. Fifty-one (88%) received alemtuzumab and 7 (12%) were given rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin. The median follow-up period was 6 years (range: 0-13.5). Data was collected retrospectively and updated in April 2019. The median age was 31 years (range: 18-67). Forty (69%) recipients received grafts from related donors and 18 (31%) received them from unrelated donors. Peripheral blood grafts were infused in 12 (20.7%) patients. Five-year overall survival (OS) was 80.7%. Five-year graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) /rejection-free survival was 56%. Eight (13.8%) patients experienced graft failure. The cumulative incidence of grade Ⅱ-Ⅳ acute GVHD at day 100 was 14% and that of chronic GVHD at 1 year was 7%. The selection of unrelated donors and the use of peripheral blood grafts were not significant risk factors for clinically relevant GVHD or for lower OS. Recipients older than 40 years showed significantly worse OS, as observed from the results of univariate analysis. T-cell depletion in severe aplastic anemia shows low rates of GVHD and high OS, but older patients remain a group with higher risk of mortality. Long-term complications were mainly autoimmune in character.


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