Unrelated donor marrow transplantation in children

Journal Article

Eighty-eight children 0.5 to 17 years of age (median, 9 years of age) received an unrelated donor marrow transplant for treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML; n = 16), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in first or second remission (n = 15) or more advanced stage (n = 28), acute myeloid leukemia (AML; n = 13), or other hematologic diseases (n = 16) between June 1985 and April 1993. All patients were conditioned with cyclophosphamide and total body irradiation and received a combination of methotrexate and cyclosporine as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis. Fourty-six patients received transplants from HLA-identical donors and 42 patients received transplants from donors who were minor-mismatched at one HLA-A or B or D/DRB1 locus. The Kaplan-Meier estimates of disease-free survival and relapse were 75% and 0% for patients with CML, 47% and 20% for ALL in first or second remission, 10% and 60% for ALL in relapse or third remission, 46% and 46% for AML in first remission (n = 1) or more advanced disease (n = 12), and 29% and 69% for other diseases. HLA disparity was not significantly associated with lower disease-free survival, but the results suggest more relapses in HLA-matched recipients and there was significantly more transplant-related mortality in mismatched recipients (51% v 24%, P = .04). Most deaths were due to infections associated with acute or chronic GVHD and occurred within the first 2 years after transplantation. Granulocyte engraftment occurred in all evaluable patients. Sixty-three percent of HLA- matched and 57% of HLA-mismatched recipients were discharged home disease- free at a median of 98 and 103 days, respectively, after transplantation (P = not significant [NS]). The incidence of grades II-IV acute GVHD was 83% in HLA-matched and 98% in HLA-mismatched recipients (P = .009). The incidence of chronic GVHD was 60% in HLA-matched and 69% in HLA-mismatched recipients (P = NS). One or multiple late adverse events such as cataracts, osteonecrosis of the hip or knee, restrictive or obstructive pulmonary disease, and hypothyroidism have occurred in 11 of 33 (33%) surviving patients. Immunosuppression was discontinued in 58% of surviving patients, including all 12 patients surviving more than 3.2 years, all of whom have a Lansky or Karnofsky score of 100%. These data show that marrow transplantation from fully or partially HLA-matched unrelated donors can be effective therapy for children with hematologic disorders and that pretransplantation disease status and posttransplantation GVHD remain important factors affecting patient outcome.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Balduzzi, A; Gooley, T; Anasetti, C; Sanders, JE; Martin, PJ; Petersdorf, EW; Appelbaum, FR; Buckner, CD; Matthews, D; Storb, R; Sullivan, KM; Hansen, JA

Published Date

  • 1995

Published In

  • Blood

Volume / Issue

  • 86 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 3247 - 3256

PubMed ID

  • 7579422