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Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients with hematologic disorders: a report from the center for international blood and marrow transplant research. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2009 Jul;15(7):864-71 PMID: 19539219 PMCID: PMC2881828

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The role of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patients is not known. Using the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research database, we retrospectively evaluated 23 HIV-positive patients undergoing matched sibling donor (n = 19) or unrelated donor (n = 4) alloHCT between 1987 and 2003. The median age at alloHCT was 32 years. Indications for alloHCT were diverse and included malignant (n = 21) and nonmalignant (n = 2) hematologic disorders. Nine patients (39%) underwent transplantation after 1996, the approximate year that highly active antiretroviral therapy became standard treatment. The median time to neutrophil engraftment was 16 days (range, 7 to 30 days), and the cumulative incidences of grade II-IV acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) at 100 days, chronic GVHD (cGVHD), and survival at 2 years were 30% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 14% to 50%), 28% (95% CI = 12% to 48%), and 30% (95% CI = 14% to 50%), respectively. At a median follow-up of 59 months, 6 patients were alive. Survival appears to be better in the patients undergoing alloHCT after 1996; 4 of these 9 patients survived, compared with only 2 of 14 those undergoing transplantation before 1996. These data suggest that alloHCT is feasible for selected HIV-positive patients with malignant and nonmalignant disorders. Prospective studies are needed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this modality in specific diseases in these patients.

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Gupta V, Tomblyn M, Pedersen TL, Atkins HL, Battiwalla M, Gress RE, Pollack MS, Storek J, Thompson JC, Tiberghien P, Young JA, Ribaud P, Horowitz MM, Keating A


Mary M. Horowitz MD, MS Center 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

Acute Disease
Antiretroviral Therapy, Highly Active
Chronic Disease
Disease-Free Survival
Graft Survival
Graft vs Host Disease
HIV Seropositivity
Hematologic Diseases
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Retrospective Studies
Survival Rate
Time Factors
Transplantation, Homologous
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