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Outcomes following HSCT using fludarabine, busulfan, and thymoglobulin: a matched comparison to allogeneic transplants conditioned with busulfan and cyclophosphamide. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2008 Sep;14(9):993-1003 PMID: 18721762 PMCID: PMC3321981

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We have reported a lower incidence of acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) with a novel conditioning regimen using low-dose rabbit antithymocyte globulin (ATG; Thymoglobulin [TG]) with fludarabine and intravenous busulfan (FluBuTG). To assess further this single-center experience, we performed a retrospective matched-pair analysis comparing outcomes of adult patients transplanted using the FluBuTG conditioning regimen with matched controls from patients reported to the CIBMTR receiving a first allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HCT) after standard oral busulfan and cyclophosphamide (BuCy). One hundred twenty cases and 215 matched controls were available for comparison. Patients receiving FluBuTG had significantly less treatment related mortality (TRM; 12% versus 34%, P < .001) and grades II-IV aGVHD (15% versus 34%, P < .001) compared to BuCy patients. The risk of relapse was higher in the FluBuTG patients (42% versus 20%, P < .001). The risks of chronic GVHD (cGVHD) and disease free survival (DFS) were similar in the cases and controls. These results suggest that the novel regimen FluBuTG decreases the risk of aGVHD and TRM after HLA-identical sibling HSCT, but is associated with an increased risk of relapse, resulting in similar DFS. Whether these conditioning regimens may be more suitable for specific patient populations based on relapse risk requires testing in prospective randomized trials.

Author List

Bredeson CN, Zhang MJ, Agovi MA, Bacigalupo A, Bahlis NJ, Ballen K, Brown C, Chaudhry MA, Horowitz MM, Kurian S, Quinlan D, Muehlenbien CE, Russell JA, Savoie L, Rizzo JD, Stewart DA


Mary M. Horowitz MD, MS Center Director, Professor in the Medicine 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
Mei-Jie Zhang PhD Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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

Acute Disease
Antibodies, Monoclonal
Antilymphocyte Serum
Chronic Disease
Disease-Free Survival
Graft vs Host Disease
Hematologic Neoplasms
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Middle Aged
Myeloablative Agonists
Prospective Studies
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
Survival Rate
Transplantation Conditioning
Transplantation, Homologous
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