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Br J Haematol. 2003 Oct;123(1):114-8.

The use of stimulated granulocyte transfusions to prevent recurrence of past severe infections after allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

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Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, United Bristol Healthcare Trust, Bristol, UK.

Abstract

The predictable neutropenia that follows allogeneic stem cell transplantation (ASCT) may be associated with recurrence of previous life-threatening infection. We describe nine patients with either previous invasive aspergillosis (IA) or considered to be at high risk of developing IA who underwent ASCT with prophylactic granulocyte transfusions. The study group, when compared with a control group, had a significant reduction in the incidence and duration of fevers (P < 0.05) and maximum C-reactive protein (P < 0.05). There were significantly fewer days of neutropenia (P < 0.05). There was also radiological improvement of pulmonary infiltrates in four out of seven assessable patients. No serious toxicity was encountered in donors or recipients. We conclude that prophylactic granulocyte donations can be given safely, and that they significantly reduce the number of days of neutropenia. Further investigation is warranted to determine whether granulocyte donations can prevent the recurrence of IA in patients at risk of fungal infection.

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