Paola Marenco

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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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
We evaluated the cytotoxicity of the immunotoxin OKT1-SAP on fresh B-chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) cells from 31 consecutive patients. OKT1-SAP comprised the OKT1 (CD5) monoclonal antibody disulfide linked to saporin-6 (SAP) ribosome-inactivating protein from the plant Saponaria officinalis. The effect of OKT1-SAP on target CD5-positive B-CLL cells(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)
From 1 September 1988 to 30 September 1993, a search for an unrelated donor (URD) was started for 633 Italian patients. Eighty-five of them (13%) were transplanted. Despite the introduction of more strict criteria for the selection of compatible donors, the percentage of patients who reached transplant increased significantly after December 1992. For(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)