The New England journal of medicine, 2016-01-07, Vol.374 (1), p.43-53
Antilymphocyte globulin (ATG) added to the conditioning regimen before allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation resulted in a lower rate of chronic graft-versus-host disease at 2 years than the rate without ATG (32% vs. 68%), with no apparent increased risk of relapse.
Chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a major complication of allogeneic stem-cell transplantation that results in later illness and death and a reduction in quality of life.
Risk factors for chronic GVHD are the use of peripheral blood as a source of stem cells, a history of acute GVHD, and the use of donated stem cells with high numbers of T cells.
In a meta-analysis, the Stem Cell Trialists’ Collaborative Group reported an incidence of extensive chronic GVHD of 47% after peripheral-blood stem-cell transplantation from an HLA-identical sibling.
In 2012, more than 70% of the stem-cell transplantations performed in . . .
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