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

Research Paper

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.

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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

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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.