Incidence of acute cellular rejection following granulocyte colony-stimulating factor administration in lung transplantation: A retrospective case-cohort analysis.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (GCSF) is an option to treat leukopenia in lung transplant recipients. Conflicting evidence exists regarding its effects on acute cellular rejection (ACR). A retrospective, case-cohort study was conducted to assess whether the use of GCSF in lung transplant recipients is associated with an increased incidence of ACR. Patients had to have received at least one dose of GCSF but were excluded if they received GCSF within 30 days prior to transplant or received a lymphocyte-depleting agent within 14 days of GCSF administration. Thirty-five patients who received GCSF within 3 months of transplant met inclusion criteria and 105 patients were identified as controls based on a 1:3 allocation scheme. Incidence of ACR was 57.1% in the GCSF group versus 50.5% in the control group (relative risk (RR)=1.13; 95% CI, 0.80 to 1.59; P=.48). At 3 months post-transplant, 74.3% of the GCSF group had a dose reduction or discontinuation of their antiproliferative agent versus 17.1% of the control group (RR=4.33; 95% CI, 2.73 to 6.89; P<.0001). Rejection severity and incidence of infections was similar among groups. These findings show that GCSF administration within 3 months following lung transplantation was not associated with a higher incidence or severity of ACR.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Casciello, N; Hulbert, A; Snyder, L; Byrns, J

Published Date

  • May 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 5

PubMed ID

  • 28314052

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1399-0012

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/ctr.12965


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Denmark