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Bone Marrow Res. 2011;2011:849387. doi: 10.1155/2011/849387. Epub 2010 Nov 29.

Transplantation for congenital bone marrow failure syndromes.

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Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, University of California, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1752, USA.


Congenital bone marrow failure syndromes (BMFSs) are relatively rare disorders characterized by aberrant development in one or more hematopoietic lineages. Genetic alterations have now been identified in most of these disorders although the exact role of the molecular defects has yet to be elucidated. Most of these diseases are successfully managed with supportive care, however, treatment refractoriness and disease progression-often involving malignant transformation-may necessitate curative treatment with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Due to the underlying molecular defects, the outcome of transplantation for BMFS may be dramatically different than those associated with transplantation for more common diseases, including leukemia. Given recent improvements in survival and molecular diagnosis of bone marrow failure syndrome patients presenting at adult ages without physical stigmata, it is important for both pediatric and adult hematologists to be aware of the possible diagnosis of BMF syndromes and the unique approaches required in treating such patients.

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