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Bone Marrow Transplant. 1999 Mar;23(6):569-72.

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for patients with hemophagocytic syndrome (HPS) in Japan.

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Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Japan.


Seventeen cases (age at onset, 1 month to 18 years; M/F, 9/8) of hemophagocytic syndrome which received allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT) in Japan during the period 1988-1998 are reported. The patients consisted of six familial inheritance-proven erythrophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (FEL), five familial inheritance-unknown and infective agents-unknown HLH (of which two were highly likely to have been FEL with characteristic CNS signs), and six aggressive Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-related HLH (of which two were natural killer cell-type large granular leukemia/lymphoma-associated hemophagocytic syndrome, EBV-NK-LGLL-HPS). All cases were treated intensively with immuno-chemotherapy, or with chemotherapy before SCT. As sources of SCT, 12 cases received bone marrow cells (sibling six, father one, URD five), two cord blood, two purified CD34-positive cells, and one PBSC. SCTs were successful in all 17 cases, apart from one receiving CD34-positive SCT. Following SCT, four patients relapsed and five died with a median follow-up of 23 months. Among the relapsed cases, the two EBV-NK-LGLL-HPS previously published as successfully transplanted were included. Among the fatal cases, three patients died from relapsed active disease and the remaining two from fatal post-SCT EBV-positive T cell lymphoma and extensive chronic GVHD, respectively. As of the end of September 1998, 10 patients are alive without disease for 3.5 months to 147 months, while two post-SCT patients are still having therapy for residual/recurrent disease. The Kaplan-Meier analysis showed a 2-year event-free survival after SCT as 54.0+/-13.0%.

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