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BACKGROUND Different factors influence the clinical outcome of allogeneic transplants, the foremost being good immune recovery. MATERIALS AND METHODS The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of different factors, such as stem cell source, type of donor, conditioning regimen and acute graft-versus-host disease, on early lymphocyte recovery(More)
This study evaluates the prognostic value of molecular monitoring of minimal residual disease (MRD) in 20 patients with multiple myeloma (MM) following autologous (peripheral blood stem cell transplantation, PBSCT) and non-myeloablative allogeneic (NMT) transplant. All patients completed their program, with a treatment-related mortality (TRM) of 20% and a(More)
INTRODUCTION Second-line, salvage chemotherapy followed by high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (AUTO-SCT) is the standard of care for patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). Approximately 50% of patients relapse after AUTO-SCT and their prognosis is generally poor. Brentuximab Vedotin (BV) has demonstrated(More)
We undertook a comparative study of Pegfilgrastim vs. Filgrastim after high-dose melphalan and autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (APBSCT) in multiple myeloma (MM) patients. Thirty-seven consecutive patients were randomly assigned to receive a single 6 mg dose of Pegfilgrastim on day 1 post-transplant (n = 18 patients) vs. daily(More)
BACKGROUND Although the efficacy of plerixafor in peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) mobilization has been explored in several studies, factors associated with successful plerixafor mobilization after administration of granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), with or without chemotherapy, have not been investigated. We analyzed data on PBSC(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between the long-term prognosis of multiple myeloma (MM) and the quality of response to therapy in a cohort of 173 patients treated with high-dose melphalan (HDM) and autologous transplantation in the era of old drugs. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 173 patients with de novo MM who(More)
To date, no prospective study on Plerixafor 'on-demand' in combination with chemotherapy and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) has been reported. We present an interim analysis of the first prospective study in which Plerixafor was administered on-demand in patients affected by multiple myeloma and lymphoma who received high dose(More)
The amount of transfused dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is indicated as the major cause of the cryoprotectant-related toxicity in autologous stem cell recipients, with a high incidence of major cardiac side effects. In this study we tried to discover whether fractionated infusion of the total graft volume could prevent the DMSO-related major cardiovascular side(More)
We evaluated the safety and efficacy of plerixafor, subsequent to disease-specific chemotherapy followed by granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), in 37 multiple myeloma (MM) or lymphoma patients, who were candidates for autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) predicted as poor mobilizers (PMs). Patients were identified as predicted PMs(More)
Wernicke's encephalopathy is an acute neuropsychiatric condition due to thiamine deficiency frequently associated with chronic alcohol abuse. We describe 2 cases of patients who experienced acute Wernicke's encephalopathy after allogeneic stem cell transplantation associated with the use of commercial total parental nutrition. Early diagnosis with magnetic(More)