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Chagas' disease (American trypanosomiasis) is a very uncommon disease in non-endemic areas. A few cases in immunosuppressed patients have been reported in America. This report describes, to our knowledge, the first fatal case of acute Chagas' disease in Europe following bone marrow transplantation.
Seventy-six patients between the ages of 2 and 17 years with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) achieved a second complete remission induced by polychemotherapy. Twenty-one had an HLA-identical donor and underwent allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) after conditioning with total body irradiation and cyclophosphamide. The remaining 55 patients… (More)
The recent introduction as a minimum test required in The Guide to Safety and Quality Assurance for Organs, Tissues and Cells (Council Europe) and the Directive 2004/23/EC applied to donation, procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human cells and tissues make necessary the implementation of these markers in all European… (More)
Fifty-seven patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation were randomly assigned to receive either cyclosporin A (CsA, n = 26) or methotrexate, followed by rescue with folinic acid (MTX + FA, n = 31) as prophylaxis for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). All patients but one receiving CsA had evidence of sustained engraftment, and there was no difference… (More)
In order to guarantee the required level of quality for our Bone &Tissue Banking, we evaluated a new CE marked container (CELLFLEX MacoPharma), for packing, transport, processing and storage of bones for therapeutic use. The use of CE marked containers is mandatory for organ and tissue containers (Medical Device Directive 93/42). We carried out a… (More)
A case of bone marrow necrosis (BMN) in transplanted acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is presented. The propositus is a 16 year-old boy with L-2 type ALL on whom allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) had been performed after the second relapse. He was admitted to hospital at 415 after BMT with fever, malaise and hip pain. One week later he had… (More)
We report on a series on 81 patients affected with acute leukemia undergoing TBI prior to BMT. An analysis of the achieved results is given, emphasizing the limited incidence of interstitial pneumonitis in our patients (3.7%). A suitable patient selection and treatment technique is also needed.