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Pulmonary Complications in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients Following Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2019 10;25(10):2024-2030



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Pulmonary complications after hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Limited evaluation of the true incidence of these complications in children and subsequent outcomes of these complications have not been evaluated recently. In April 2018, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; and the National Cancer Institute cosponsored a meeting of experts to describe the status of pulmonary complications in children after HCT, identify critical gaps in knowledge, and explore avenues for research to advance care and optimize outcomes. The Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research was used to evaluate the cumulative incidence of pulmonary complications in children and their respective survival. Of the 5022 children included in this analysis who received allogeneic HCT from 2010 to 2016, 606 developed pulmonary complications within the first year after HCT. Pneumonitis occurred in 388 patients, 125 patients developed pulmonary hemorrhage, and 200 patients had lung graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). For those developing pulmonary complications within 1 year, overall survival 100 days after diagnosis of pulmonary complications was 49% (95% confidence interval [CI], 43% to 54%) for patients with pneumonitis, 23% (95% CI, 16% to 31%) in patients with pulmonary hemorrhage, and 87% (95% CI, 81% to 91%) in patients with pulmonary GVHD. This study demonstrates the approximate incidence of these complications, as well as their significant effects on survival, and can serve as a baseline for future research.

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Broglie L, Fretham C, Al-Seraihy A, George B, Kurtzberg J, Loren A, MacMillan M, Martinez C, Davies SM, Pasquini MC


Larisa Broglie MD Assistant Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Marcelo C. Pasquini MD, MS Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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

Child, Preschool
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Transplantation Conditioning
Transplantation, Homologous
Young Adult
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