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Adverse events among 2408 unrelated donors of peripheral blood stem cells: results of a prospective trial from the National Marrow Donor Program. Blood 2009 Apr 09;113(15):3604-11 PMID: 19190248 PMCID: PMC2668845

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Limited data are available describing donor adverse events (AEs) associated with filgrastim mobilized peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collections in unrelated volunteers. We report results in 2408 unrelated PBSC donors prospectively evaluated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) between 1999 and 2004. Female donors had higher rates of AEs, requiring central line placement more often (17% vs 4%, P< .001), experiencing more apheresis-related AEs (20% vs 7%, P< .001), more bone pain (odds ratio [OR]=1.49), and higher rates of grades II-IV and III-IV CALGB AEs (OR=2.22 and 2.32). Obese donors experienced more bone pain (obese vs normal, OR=1.73) and heavy donors had higher rates of CALGB toxicities (>95 kg vs <70 kg, OR=1.49). Six percent of donors experienced grade III-IV CALGB toxicities and 0.6% experienced toxicities that were considered serious and unexpected. Complete recovery is universal, however, and no late AEs attributable to donation have been identified. In conclusion, PBSC collection in unrelated donors is generally safe, but nearly all donors will experience bone pain, 1 in 4 will have significant headache, nausea, or citrate toxicity, and a small percentage will experience serious short-term adverse events. In addition, women and larger donors are at higher risk for donation-related AEs.

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Pulsipher MA, Chitphakdithai P, Miller JP, Logan BR, King RJ, Rizzo JD, Leitman SF, Anderlini P, Haagenson MD, Kurian S, Klein JP, Horowitz MM, Confer DL


Mary M. Horowitz MD, MS Center Director, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Brent R. Logan PhD Director, Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin
J. Douglas D. Rizzo MD, MS Director, Ctr Associate Director, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Age Distribution
Blood Cell Count
Blood Component Removal
Blood Donors
Follow-Up Studies
Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Mobilization
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Recombinant Proteins
Risk Factors
Sex Distribution
Young Adult
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