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Bone Marrow Transplant. 1999 Sep;24(6):653-9.

Early predictors of transplant-related mortality (TRM) after allogeneic bone marrow transplants (BMT): blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and bilirubin.

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Divisione Ematologia II Ospedale San Martino, Genova, Italy.


Transplant-related mortality (TRM) following allo- geneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) remains a major concern and early identification of patients at risk may be clinically relevant. In this study we describe a predictive score based on bilirubin and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) levels on day +7 after BMT. The patient population consisted of 309 consecutive patients who underwent BMT from sibling (n = 263) or unrelated donors (n = 46) for hematologic disorders between December 1990 and December 1996. Of 27 laboratory tests taken on day +7 after BMT, serum bilirubin (P = 0.02) and BUN (P = 0.007) were found to be independent predictors of TRM in multivariate analysis. The median levels of bilirubin (0.9 mg/dl) and of BUN (21 mg/dl) were then used as a cut-off and a score of 1 was given for values equal/greater than the median. There were 216 patients with scores 0-1 (low risk) on day +7 (bilirubin <0.9 and/or BUN <21) and 93 patients with score 2 (high risk) (bilirubin >/=0.9 and BUN >/=21): the latter had more grade III-IV acute graft-versus-host disease (P = 0.03), slower neutrophil (P = 0.02) and slower platelet engraftment (P = 0.002). The actuarial 5 year TRM is 22% for low risk vs44% for high risk patients (P = 0.0003). For HLA-identical siblings TRM is 20% vs35% (P = 0.01), for unrelated donors it is 20% vs 65% (P = 0.01). Day +7 score was highly predictive of TRM on multivariate analysis (hazard ratio 1.9, P < 0.01), after adjustment for year of transplant (P < 0.00001), unrelated vs sibling donors (P = 0.001), patient age (P = 0.01) and diagnosis (P = 0.01). These results were validated on an independent group of 82 allogeneic BMT recipients in a pediatric Unit who showed an actuarial TRM of 16% for low risk vs 46% for high risk patients (P = 0.002). This study suggests that it may be possible to identify patients with different risks of TRM on day +7 after BMT: high risk patients could be eligible for programs designed to intensify prophylaxis of post-transplant complications.

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