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Thirty thalassaemia patients received iron reduction starting at around 3 months post transplant. Sixteen received desferrioxamine and nine had phlebotomy, five patients had desferrioxamine followed by phlebotomy. The desferrioxamine group had higher serum ferritin levels at the start of iron reduction as compared to the phlebotomy group (5292 vs 2453 μg/l,(More)
We report a retrospective analysis of VZV infection after haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in children. Thirty-three (30%) of the total 109 children who were transplanted during a 7 year period developed post-transplant VZV infection. Twenty-four of these 33 (73%) children had VZV infection within 1 year following HSCT. The cumulative(More)
From August 1992 to August 1999, 44 patients received allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation in a single institution. The donors were HLA-identical siblings except for one who was a phenotypically matched father. Thirty-eight patients received bone marrow stem cells and the others received peripheral blood stem cells or umbilical cord blood(More)
The aim of the study was to correlate busulphan (BU) levels of thalassaemia patients with outcome of allogeneic transplant. BU levels were measured by gas chromatography mass fragmentography. All patients received a standardised dose of BU 16 mg/kg, and cyclophosphamide 150 or 200 mg/kg. For area-under-the-curve analysis (AUC), blood samples were obtained(More)
The optimal dose and schedule of G-CSF for mobilization of peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) is not well defined. G-CSF mobilization was performed in a group of healthy donors and paediatric patients for autologous back-up before receiving allogeneic stem cell transplant. Seventeen consecutive subjects who received G-CSF at 5 μg/kg/dose twice daily (group(More)
Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is a heterogeneous group of disorders with defective respiratory burst activity in phagocytes which results in recurrent pyogenic infections. We report an 8-year-old boy with X-linked CGD who received an HLA-identical BMT from his sister. The nitroblue tetrazolium test returned to normal 3 months post transplant.(More)
Three children developed human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6), variant B encephalitis after unrelated umbilical cord blood transplant, in a single center. They developed clinical manifestations of encephalitis around day 17 post transplant. Impairment of consciousness, incoherent speech, episodic focal pruritis, motor weakness, convulsions and severe hyponatremia(More)
Severe Maroteaux–Lamy syndrome (mucopoly- saccharidosis type VI) is usually fatal by early adulthood. Bone marrow transplantation is the only form of definitive enzyme replacement therapy available. A 5-year-old boy with Maroteaux–Lamy syndrome has successful recovery of bone marrow and enzymatic functions after umbilical cord blood transplant from his(More)
A 7-year-old boy with Ph+ ALL received an allogeneic BMT in second remission. Conditioning included cyclophosphamide 60 mg/kg for 2 days, TBI 2 Gy twice daily for 3 days (12 Gy) and a single testicular boost of 4 Gy. He remained in hematological remission after BMT but developed isolated testicular relapse at 17 months. He underwent orchiectomy of the(More)