Poor graft function is a serious complication following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Infusion of CD34+-selected stem cells without pre-conditioning has been used to correct poor graft function, but predictors of recovery are unclear. We report the outcome of 62 consecutive patients who had primary or secondary poor graft function who underwent a CD34+-selected stem cell infusion from the same donor without further conditioning. Forty-seven of 62 patients showed hematological improvement and became permanently transfusion and growth factor-independent. In multivariate analysis, parameters significantly associated with recovery were shared CMV seronegative status for recipient/donor, the absence of active infection and matched recipient/donor sex. Recovery was similar in patients with mixed and full donor chimerism. Five -year overall survival was 74.4% (95% CI 59-89) in patients demonstrating complete recovery, 16.7% (95% CI 3-46) in patients with partial recovery and 22.2% (CI 95% 5-47) in patients with no response. In patients with count recovery, those with poor graft function in 1-2 lineages had superior 5-year overall survival (93.8%, 95% CI 82-99) than those with tri-lineage failure (53%, 95% CI 34-88). New strategies including cytokine or agonist support, or second transplant need to be investigated in patients who do not recover.
Anthony Nolan Research Institute, London.