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Int J Med Sci 2014; 11(6):652-657. doi:10.7150/ijms.6337

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Risk-Factor Analysis of Poor Graft Function after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Yang Xiao*✉, Jiayin Song*, Zujun Jiang, Yonghua Li, Yang Gao, Wenning Xu, Ziyuan Lu, Yaochun Wang, Haowen Xiao

Department of Hematology, Guangzhou General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command, Guangzhou 510010, China
* These author contributed equally to this study.


The objective of this study was to investigate the main risk factors for poor graft function (PGF) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), to allow the improvement of transplantation outcomes through preventive measures. Clinical data for 124 patients who received allo-HSCT were analyzed retrospectively. There were 83 males (66.9%) and 41 females (33.1%) with a median age of 28 years (4-60 years). The median follow-up time was 7 months (1-116 months). Factors analyzed included age, gender, disease diagnosis, source of hematopoietic stem cells, donor type, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) matching, conditioning regimen, numbers of infused mononuclear cells and CD34+ cells, donor-recipient sex and blood-type matching, prophylactic treatment of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), grades of GVHD, Epstein-Barr virus or cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disorders and hepatic veno-occlusive disease. Data were analyzed by univariate and multivariate conditional logistic regression analyses. Among the 124 patients who underwent allo-HSCT, 15 developed PGF (12.1%). Univariate logistic regression analysis identified age, donor-recipient blood type and CMV infection (in 30 days) as potential risk factors for PGF. Multivariate analysis of factors with P<0.1 in univariate analysis showed that age, donor-recipient blood type and CMV infection (in 30 days) were significant risk factors for PGF. Patients were divided into subgroups based on age <20, 20-30, 30-40, and >40 years. The risk of PGF increased 2.747-fold (odds ratio (OR)=2.625, 95% confidence interval: 1.411-5.347) for each increment in age level. Patients with mismatched blood type (OR=4.051) or CMV infection (OR=9.146) had an increased risk of PGF. We conclude that age, donor-recipient blood-type matching and CMV infection are major risk factors for PGF after allo-HSCT.

Keywords: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, Poor graft function, Hematopoietic reconstitution, Risk factor, Graft-versus-host disease.

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Xiao Y, Song J, Jiang Z, Li Y, Gao Y, Xu W, Lu Z, Wang Y, Xiao H. Risk-Factor Analysis of Poor Graft Function after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Int J Med Sci 2014; 11(6):652-657. doi:10.7150/ijms.6337. Available from