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We evaluated the impact of World Health Organization (WHO) classification and WHO classification-based Prognostic Scoring System (WPSS) on the outcome of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) who underwent allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) between 1990 and 2006. Five-year overall survival (OS) was 80% in refractory anemias, 57% in(More)
Between January 1989 and July 1995 the search for an unrelated donor (UD) was started for 379 consecutive Italian patients with Philadelphia positive (Ph+) chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML). 89 (23%) were transplanted. The overall probability of transplant before and after December 1991 was 16% and 49%, respectively (P=0.0001), and average interval(More)
Approximately one-third of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) receiving allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) are cured by this treatment. Treatment failure may be due to transplant complications or relapse. To identify predictive factors for transplantation outcome, we studied 519 patients with MDS or oligoblastic acute(More)
Antifungal therapy may be unable to eradicate invasive mycosis in leukemia patients. The presence of persisting pulmonary nodules owing to mycosis seems to increase the risk of fungal relapse after chemotherapy and transplant procedures. Between 1997 and 2004, 10 acute leukemia patients underwent pulmonary surgery for invasive mycosis. The median time from(More)
BACKGROUND Peripheral blood (PB) hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPC) collected by apheresis are the first-choice source for allogeneic stem cell transplantation. The target HPC dose is usually considered to be 4 × 10(6) CD34+ cells/kg of the recipient, but higher doses are required in reduced-intensity conditioning and haploidentical transplants. Thus,(More)
The aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of an early intensification programme including chemotherapy (CHT), autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) and radiation therapy (RT) in patients with primary mediastinal large B cell lymphoma (MLCL) with sclerosis presenting with adverse prognostic factors. Between 1993 and 1999, 19 patients with MLCL(More)
We report a high incidence of neutropenia in patients treated with rituximab prior to and following autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). Fourteen patients with follicular or mantle-cell lymphoma were treated with high dose (HD) therapy followed by an in vivo-purged autologous graft.
Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) usually occurs during the first weeks following transplantation in the setting of systemic infections or graft-versus-host reaction. However, some cases without any evidence of other complications or after autologous transplantation have been reported. Transplant-associated TMA (BMT-TMA) incidence ranges from 0% to 74%,(More)
A 48-year-old woman underwent allogeneic BMT for CML in chronic phase. One day +180 she experienced fever (37.8 degrees C) and skin rash. Blood cultures from the Hickman catheter and peripheral veins were positive for Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The clinical course of this patient indicates that Saccharomyces should be considered as a possible cause of fever(More)
The translocation t(15;17)(q24;q21), unique to acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), gives rise to PML/RAR alpha fusion transcripts detected by the sensitive reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique. PCR may help in the diagnosis and in monitoring minimal residual disease. Reversion of PCR to negative is obtained by chemotherapy (CT)(More)