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Yesilipek M.A.,Akdeniz University | Ertem M.,Ankara University | Cetin M.,Hacettepe University | Aniz H.,Tepecik State Children Hospital | And 4 more authors.
Pediatric Transplantation | Year: 2012

From January 1991 to June 2009, 245 children with beta thalassemia major who underwent their first allogeneic HSCT in Turkey and who were followed for a minimum of one yr post-transplantation were enrolled this study. The median age of the patients was 6.6 yr old (range, 1-22 yr). The distribution of Pesaro risk class I, II, and III categories was 41, 130, and 63 children, respectively. The median serum ferritin level was 2203 ng/mL. Eighty-eight patients received bone marrow (BM) stem cells; 137, peripheral blood (PB) stem cells; and 20, cord blood (CB) stem cells. The donors were HLA-matched siblings or parents. Median engraftment times were shorter in PBSCT patients compared with the BMT group (p < 0.001). Grade II-IV acute GvHD was observed in 33 children (13.5%), while cGvHD was observed in 28 patients (12.5%), eight of whom had the extensive form. Thalassemic reconstitution was observed in 43 (17%) of the transplant patients. Post-transplant aplasia occurred in three patients, and the TRM rate was 7.75%. Seventeen patients were lost after 100 days. The thalassemia-free survival and OS rates were 68% (95% CI, 61.8-74.2) and 85.0% (95% CI, 80.2-89.8), respectively. We believe that this study is important because it is the first multicenter national data for children with beta thalassemia major receiving HSCT. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

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