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Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research

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MEDEIROS, C.R. de et al. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation from an alternative stem cell source in Fanconi anemia patients: analysis of 47 patients from a single institution. Braz J Med Biol Res [online]. 2006, vol.39, n.10, pp.1297-1304.  Epub Aug 28, 2006. ISSN 1414-431X.

We transplanted 47 patients with Fanconi anemia using an alternative source of hematopoietic cells. The patients were assigned to the following groups: group 1, unrelated bone marrow (N = 15); group 2, unrelated cord blood (N = 17), and group 3, related non-sibling bone marrow (N = 15). Twenty-four patients (51%) had complete engraftment, which was not influenced by gender (P = 0.87), age (P = 0.45), dose of cyclophosphamide (P = 0.80), nucleated cell dose infused (P = 0.60), or use of anti-T serotherapy (P = 0.20). Favorable factors for superior engraftment were full HLA compatibility (independent of the source of cells; P = 0.007) and use of a fludarabine-based conditioning regimen (P = 0.046). Unfavorable factors were ³25 transfusions pre-transplant (P = 0.011) and degree of HLA disparity (P = 0.007). Intensity of mucositis (P = 0.50) and use of androgen prior to transplant had no influence on survival (P = 0.80). Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) grade II-IV and chronic GVHD were diagnosed in 47 and 23% of available patients, respectively, and infections prevailed as the main cause of death, associated or not with GVHD. Eighteen patients are alive, the Kaplan-Meyer overall survival is 38% at ~8 years, and the best results were obtained with related non-sibling bone marrow patients. Three recommendations emerged from the present study: fludarabine as part of conditioning, transplant in patients with <25 transfusions and avoidance of HLA disparity. In addition, an extended family search (even when consanguinity is not present) seeking for a related non-sibling donor is highly recommended.

Keywords : Fanconi anemia; Transplant in Fanconi anemia; Alternative donors; Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in Fanconi anemia; Alternative stem cell source.

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