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See detailNon-myeloablative transplantation with CD8-depleted or unmanipulated peripheral blood stem cells: a phase II randomized trial.
Willems, Evelyne ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg et al

in Leukemia : Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K (2009), 23(3), 608-10

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See detailToxoplasmore cérébrale compliquant une mini-allogreffe de cellules souches hématopoïétiques du sang périphérique
Dugauquier, C.; Bataille, Y.; Willems, Evelyne ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2009), 64(7-8), 366-369

We report the occurrence of a cerebral toxoplasmosis 52 days after a non-myeloablative allogeneic stem cell transplantation as treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.

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See detailMucormycose invasive du poumon et du rachis dorsal.
De Pasqual, Aurelie ULg; Deprez, Manuel ULg; Ghaye, Benoît ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2008), 63

Nous rapportons le cas d'un patient de 67 ans atteint d'un syndrome myélodysplasique et qui a développé une mucormycose pulmonaire avec extension tout à fait exceptionnelle vers le rachis dorsal ... [more ▼]

Nous rapportons le cas d'un patient de 67 ans atteint d'un syndrome myélodysplasique et qui a développé une mucormycose pulmonaire avec extension tout à fait exceptionnelle vers le rachis dorsal responsable d'un paraplégie aiguë. Après échec d'un traitement probabiliste anti-aspergillaire, c'est finalement l'analyse des prélèvements obtenus lors de la laminectomie décompressive qui a fourni le diagnostic mycologique. En raison d'une altération majeure de l'état général, la lobectomie prévue n'a pu être réalisée et malgré l'adaptation du traitement antifongique (Abelcet, Posaconazole), le patient est décédé. La mucormycose (ou zygomycose) pulmonaire est une infection fongique peu commune qui touche essentiellement les patients immuno-déprimés. Le champignon pathogène fait partie des zygomycètes dont la caractéristique principale est la capacité d'angio-invasion. L'invasion périneurale est une autre voie de propagation récemment mise en évidence. Les difficultés thérapeutiques associées à cette pathologie sont liées au terrain d'immunodépression, aux difficultés d'obtenir rapidement un diagnostic précis ainsi qu'à l'absence de sensibilité du Mucor aux antifongiques récemment introduits (V-Fend, Cancidas). Ceci souligne le risque inhérent à un traitement antifongique empirique par ces agents et la nécessité d'un prélèvement biopsique précoce en cas de non-réponse au traitement. [less ▲]

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See detailRecombinant human erythropoietin therapy after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation with a nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen: low donor chimerism predicts for poor response.
Vanstraelen, Gaëtan; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Willems, Evelyne ULg et al

in Experimental hematology (2006), 34(7), 841-50

PURPOSE: After allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with nonmyeloablative conditioning (NMHCT), many patients experience prolonged anemia and require red blood cell (RBC) transfusions. We ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: After allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with nonmyeloablative conditioning (NMHCT), many patients experience prolonged anemia and require red blood cell (RBC) transfusions. We enrolled 60 consecutive patients undergoing NMHCT in a phase II trial to determine the optimal utilization of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) therapy in this setting. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The first 14 NMHCT recipients did not receive rHuEPO (control group). Nineteen patients were scheduled to start rHuEPO on day 0 (EPO group 2) and 27 patients on day 28 after the transplant (EPO group 1). RHuEPO was administered subcutaneously once weekly at a dose of 500 U/kg/wk with the aim of achieving hemoglobin (Hb) levels of 13 g/dL. The 3 groups were well balanced for major characteristics. RESULTS: During the first month (p < 0.0001) as well as days 30 to 100 (p < 0.0001) and days 100 to 180 (p < 0.0001), Hb values were higher in patients receiving rHuEPO compared to those not receiving it. However, transfusion requirements were significantly decreased only in the first month in EPO group 2 (p = 0.0169). T-cell chimerism above 60% on day 42 was the best predictor of Hb response (p < 0.0001) or Hb correction (p = 0.0217), but myeloid chimerism above 90% also predicted for Hb response (p = 0.0069). Hb response was also decreased in patients receiving CD8-depleted grafts and increased in the few patients not receiving TBI, but only in univariate analysis. CONCLUSIONS: Anemia after NMHCT is sensitive to rHuEPO therapy, but less so than after conventional allogeneic HCT. RHuEPO decreases transfusion requirements only in the first 30 days posttransplant. T-cell chimerism below 60% on day 42 impaired Hb response, suggesting possible inhibition of donor erythropoiesis by residual recipient lymphocytes. A prospective randomized trial should be performed with rHuEPO starting on the day of transplantation to assess its clinical benefit in terms of transfusion requirements and quality of life. [less ▲]

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See detailInfections after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with a nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen.
Frere, Pascale ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Bonnet, Christophe ULg et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2006), 37(4), 411-8

Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) following nonmyeloablative conditioning (NMSCT) may be associated with a reduced risk of infection compared to standard allogeneic HCT. We retrospectively analyzed ... [more ▼]

Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) following nonmyeloablative conditioning (NMSCT) may be associated with a reduced risk of infection compared to standard allogeneic HCT. We retrospectively analyzed incidence and risk factors of infection in 62 patients undergoing NMSCT with low-dose TBI +/- fludarabine and postgrafting CsA and MMF. The proportion of patients with any infection was 77%, but the majority of infectious events occurred beyond day 30. Donor other than sibling, older age, early disease and male gender were significant risk factors. The incidence of bacteremia was 55% at 1 year and the number of bacteremic episodes was 0.9 per patient (0.08 before day 30). The risk of bacteremia increased with older age and the use of a donor other than an HLA-identical sibling, but not with neutropenia. The incidence of infections other than bacteremia correlated with the use of corticosteroids. The risk of CMV infection increased with high-risk CMV serology, and risk of CMV disease with high-risk CMV serology, older age, first transplantation and a diagnosis of lymphoma. In conclusion, after NMSCT, infections are not frequent in the first 30 days post transplant but careful long-term monitoring is necessary thereafter. [less ▲]

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See detailInfections after CD34-selected or unmanipulated autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Frere, Pascale ULg; Pereira-Martins, Maguy ULg; Fillet, Georges ULg et al

in European Journal of Haematology (2006), 76(2), 102-8

Immune reconstitution may be delayed after CD34-selected compared with unmanipulated autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT), resulting in a theoretically increased risk of ... [more ▼]

Immune reconstitution may be delayed after CD34-selected compared with unmanipulated autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT), resulting in a theoretically increased risk of infections. In a case-control matched study we compared the incidence of infection in 25 recipients of CD34-selected PBSC (CD34 group) and 75 recipients of unmanipulated PBSC (PBSC group) transplants. The population included 52 males and 48 females suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (n = 32), Hodgkin's disease (n = 8), multiple myeloma (n = 40) or breast cancer (n = 20). Neutrophil engraftment was comparable in the two groups. The actuarial incidence of infection was similar in the two groups (56% vs. 49% at day 30, and 70% vs. 64% at 1 yr respectively). The proportion of patients with 1, 2 or 3 infections, the number of infectious event per patient (1.32 vs. 1.04; NS), the number of infections before day 15 or 30, between days 31 and 100 or after day 100, the risk of varicella-zoster virus or cytomegalovirus infection or disease, or the use of antibiotic or antifungal therapy, were not increased in the CD34 compared with the PBSC group. The main agents responsible for infection were bacteria, particularly gram-positive cocci, in both groups. Bacteremia accounted for 33% of all infectious events in the CD34 group vs. 16% in the PBSC group (P < 0.05). Fungal infections were rare. In conclusion, our results do not support the notion that CD34-selection of the graft is associated with an increased rate of infection after autologous PBSC transplantation. The role of extended infection prophylaxis should be evaluated. [less ▲]

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See detailPegfilgrastim compared with Filgrastim after autologous hematopoietic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.
Vanstraelen, Gaetan; Frere, Pascale ULg; Ngirabacu, Marie-Christine et al

in Experimental hematology (2006), 34(3), 382-8

In order to assess the effect of Pegfilgrastim on the duration of neutropenia and clinical outcome of patients after autologous peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplantation, we compared 20 ... [more ▼]

In order to assess the effect of Pegfilgrastim on the duration of neutropenia and clinical outcome of patients after autologous peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplantation, we compared 20 consecutive patients with lymphoma or multiple myeloma receiving a single 6-mg dose of Pegfilgrastim on day 1 posttransplant to an historical control group of 60 patients receiving daily Filgrastim 5 microg/kg starting on day 1 posttransplant. The duration of neutropenia was similar in the Pegfilgrastim group compared with the control group. There were no differences in time to neutrophil, erythroid, or platelet engraftment nor in the incidence of fever and infections. The duration of antibiotic therapy, transfusion support, and time to hospital discharge were similar in the two groups. However, after initial hematopoietic reconstitution, we observed significantly higher values of lymphocytes (e.g., 1,660+/-1,000 versus 970+/-460 on day 80, p=0.0002), neutrophils (e.g., 3,880+/-2,030 versus 2,420+/-1,500 on day 25, p=0.0004), reticulocytes (e.g., 148,160+/-90,590 versus 87,140+/-65,920 on day 25, p<0.0001), and platelets (e.g., 210,700+/-116,090 versus 150,240+/-58,230 on day 55, p=0.0052) up to day 100 in the Pegfilgrastim group compared with the Filgrastim group. These observations had no impact on clinical outcome of the patients after day 30 due to the low incidence of infectious events after engraftment in autologous PBSC transplantation. We conclude that the effect of Pegfilgrastim administrated on day 1 posttransplant is comparable to that of daily Filgrastim on initial hematopoietic reconstitution. The possibly superior effect of Pegfilgrastim on cell counts we observed after initial engraftment should be further tested in a prospective randomized trial. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficacy of recombinant human erythropoietin therapy started one month after autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.
Vanstraelen, Gaetan; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Frere, Pascale ULg et al

in Haematologica (2005), 90(9), 1269-70

On day 30 after autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT), 20 patients were randomized to receive either erythropoietin at a dose of 500 U/kg/week s.c. (Epo group) or no treatment ... [more ▼]

On day 30 after autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT), 20 patients were randomized to receive either erythropoietin at a dose of 500 U/kg/week s.c. (Epo group) or no treatment (control group). After 3 weeks, hemoglobin (p<0.0001) and serum transferrin receptor (p<0.0001) concentrations were higher in the Epo group. Hb response (+2 g/dL) was achieved in 100% vs 28% (p<0.0001) and Hb correction (> or =13 g/dL) in 70% vs 10% (p=0.0238) of the patients, respectively. This is the first randomized study showing an efficacy of erythropoietin therapy on Hb levels after autologous PBSCT. [less ▲]

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See detailImmunotherapie du cancer par minigreffe de cellules souches hematopoietiques.
Willems, Evelyne ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Vanstraelen, Gaëtan et al

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2005), 1(30), 1973-7

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is used for the treatment of selected haematological malignancies. Its curative potential is based on two different mechanisms, i.e. the ... [more ▼]

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is used for the treatment of selected haematological malignancies. Its curative potential is based on two different mechanisms, i.e. the conditioning regimen and the graft-versus-host immunologic reactions. However, because of its toxicity, it is restricted to younger and fitter patients. These observations led several groups to set up new (less toxic) transplant protocols. These transplants are called nonmyeloablative HSCT or minitransplants. These are feasible with a relatively low transplant-related mortality even in patients up to 70 years. In addition, strong anti-tumor responses are observed in several haematological malignancies. [less ▲]

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See detailBacteremia after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: incidence and predictive value of surveillance cultures.
Frere, Pascale ULg; Hermanne, J.-P.; Debouge, M.-H. et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2004), 33(7), 745-9

We studied 622 transplants undertaken between 1982 and 2001 to: (1) determine the incidence, timing and etiology of bacteremias, and (2) examine the ability of routine surveillance cultures to predict ... [more ▼]

We studied 622 transplants undertaken between 1982 and 2001 to: (1) determine the incidence, timing and etiology of bacteremias, and (2) examine the ability of routine surveillance cultures to predict bacteremias. A total of 404 episodes (0.65 episode per patient) occurred in 248 patients, due to coagulase-negative staphylococci (n=171, 42%), Gram-negative bacteria (n=129, 32%), streptococci (n=48, 12%), other Gram-positive bacteria (n=33, 8%), anaerobes (n=9, 2%) and fungi (n=14, 3%). Bacteremias were more frequent in allogeneic (0.96 episode/patient) compared to autologous (0.44) transplants (P<0.0001). The overall incidence decreased from 0.92 episode/patient until 1990 to 0.66 in 1991-1996 and 0.55 in 1997-2001 (P<0.0001), but this was only observed in autologous transplants. Among them, 212 (53%) occurred before hospital discharge and 192 (47%) thereafter. This proportion was lower for coagulase-negative staphylococci, other Gram-positive bacteria and Gram-negative bacteria compared to other agents (P=0.001). In 50% of the cases, the agent responsible for the bacteremic episode was present in routine surveillance cultures previously. In conclusion: (1) bacteremias remain a frequent complication, particularly in allogeneic transplantation, even long after hospital discharge; (2) routine surveillance cultures can predict bacteremias in 50% of the cases, but the practical impact of this observation is limited in view of the costs. [less ▲]

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See detailTandem high-dose therapy (HDT) for multiple myeloma: recombinant human erythropoietin therapy given between first and second HDT allows second peripheral blood stem cell transplantation without red blood cell transfusion.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Frere, Pascale ULg; Fillet, Georges ULg et al

in British Journal of Haematology (2003), 123(1), 103-5

We evaluated the ability of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) therapy, given before high-dose therapy (HDT), to allow autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT) without red ... [more ▼]

We evaluated the ability of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) therapy, given before high-dose therapy (HDT), to allow autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT) without red blood cell (RBC) transfusions. Eleven multiple myeloma patients underwent tandem HDT and autologous PBSC, receiving 500 U/kg/week rHuEpo from d 30 after initial transplant. Haemoglobin levels were 9.5 +/- 1.1 g/dl and 12.5 +/- 0.9 g/dl at the first and second transplant respectively (P < 0.001). RBC transfusions were required for 10/11 patients for the first transplant versus 1/11 for the second (P < 0.001). To conclude, a short course of rHuEpo therapy before HDT facilitates the performance of an autologous transplant without RBC transfusions. [less ▲]

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See detailRecombinant human erythropoietin therapy is very effective after an autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplant when started soon after engraftment.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Frere, Pascale ULg; Fillet, Georges ULg et al

in Clinical Cancer Research : An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (2003), 9(15), 5566-72

PURPOSE: Previous trials of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) therapy after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation have administered very high doses of i.v. rHuEpo starting on day 1 ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Previous trials of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) therapy after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation have administered very high doses of i.v. rHuEpo starting on day 1 and continuing for 1-2 months until erythroid engraftment and have shown no benefit of rHuEpo therapy. We sought to establish a more effective use of rHuEpo in this setting. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: In this report, we show in a first cohort of 45 lymphoma or myeloma patients undergoing peripheral blood stem cell transplant (control group) that endogenous erythropoietin levels are high for the degree of anemia during the first 3 weeks after transplant but become adequate or slightly decreased thereafter. We thus enrolled 41 consecutive similar patients in a trial of rHuEpo therapy at a dose of 500 units/kg/week started on day 30 after the transplant. RESULTS: The 12-week probability of achieving hemoglobin (Hb) levels of 13 g/dl was 87% in rHuEpo-treated patients versus 14% in controls (P = 0.0001). Mean Hb levels were significantly higher in the rHuEpo group than in the control group from day 42 through day 150 after transplant (Ps of <0.05 to <0.001). Two of 41 patients in the rHuEpo group versus 12 of 45 patients in the control group had Hb levels of <9 g/dl between day 42 and day 100 after the transplant (P = 0.0078). CONCLUSIONS: Anemia after autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplant is exquisitely sensitive to rHuEpo when therapy is started soon after engraftment. This is the first convincing report showing that rHuEpo is effective in this setting. Our data set the stage for a more rational use of rHuEpo after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and should renew interest in erythropoietin therapy in this setting. Prospective, randomized trials should investigate the impact of rHuEpo therapy on transfusion requirements and quality of life. [less ▲]

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See detailLow T-cell chimerism is not followed by graft rejection after nonmyeloablative stem cell transplantation (NMSCT) with CD34-selected PBSC.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg; Frere, Pascale ULg et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2003), 32(8), 829-34

We investigate the feasibility of CD34-selected peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplantation followed by pre-emptive CD8-depleted donor lymphocyte infusions (DLI) after a minimal conditioning regimen ... [more ▼]

We investigate the feasibility of CD34-selected peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplantation followed by pre-emptive CD8-depleted donor lymphocyte infusions (DLI) after a minimal conditioning regimen. Six patients with advanced hematological malignancies ineligible for a conventional myeloablative transplant (n=5) or metastatic renal cell carcinoma (n=1), and with an HLA-identical (n=4) or alternative (n=2) donor were included. The nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen consisted in 2 Gy TBI alone (n=4), 2 Gy TBI and fludarabine (RCC patient, n=1) or cyclophosphamide and fludarabine (patient who had previously received 12 Gy TBI, n=1). Post transplant immunosuppression was carried out with cyclosporin (CyA) and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF). Initial engraftment was achieved in all patients. One out of six patients (17%) experienced grade > or =2 acute GVHD only after abrupt cyclosporin discontinuation and alpha interferon therapy for life-threatening tumor progression. T-cell chimerism was 23% (19-30) on day 28, 32% (10-35) on day 100, 78% (49-95) on day 180 and 99.5% (99-100) on day 365. Three out of four patients who had measurable disease before the transplant experienced a complete response. We conclude that CD34-selected NMSCT followed by CD8-depleted DLI is feasible and preserves engraftment and apparently also the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect. Further studies are needed to confirm this encouraging preliminary report. [less ▲]

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See detailT-cell reconstitution after unmanipulated, CD8-depleted or CD34-selected nonmyeloablative peripheral blood stem-cell transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Schaaf-Lafontaine, Nicole ULg; Humblet-Baron, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Transplantation (2003), 76(12), 1705-13

BACKGROUND: We have previously shown that CD8 depletion or CD34 selection of peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) reduced the incidence of acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) after nonmyeloablative stem ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: We have previously shown that CD8 depletion or CD34 selection of peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) reduced the incidence of acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) after nonmyeloablative stem-cell transplantation (NMSCT). In this study, we analyze the effect of CD8 depletion or CD34 selection of the graft on early T-cell reconstitution. METHODS: Nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen consisted in 2 Gy total-body irradiation (TBI) alone, 2 Gy TBI and fludarabine, or cyclophosphamide and fludarabine. Patients 1 to 18 received unmanipulated PBSC, patients 19 to 29 CD8-depleted PBSC, and patients 30 to 35 CD34-selected PBSC. RESULTS: T-cell counts, and particularly CD4+ and CD4CD45RA+ counts, remained low the first 6 months after nonmyeloablative stem-cell transplantation (NMSCT) in all patients. CD34 selection (P<0.0001) but not CD8 depletion of PBSC significantly decreased T-cell chimerism. Donor T-cell count was similar in unmanipulated compared with CD8-depleted PBSC recipients but was significantly lower in CD34-selected PBSC recipients (P=0.0012). T cells of recipient origin remained stable over time in unmanipulated and CD8-depleted PBSC patients but expanded in some CD34-selected PBSC recipients between day 28 and 100 after transplant. Moreover, whereas CD8 depletion only decreased CD8+ counts (P<0.047), CD34 selection reduced CD3+(P<0.001), CD8+(P<0.016), CD4+ (P<0.001), and CD4+CD45RA+ (P<0.001) cell counts. T-cell repertoire was restricted in all patients on day 100 after hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation but was even more limited after CD34 selection (P=0.002). CONCLUSIONS: Despite of the persistence of a significant number of T cells of recipient origin, T-cell counts were low the first 6 months after NMSCT. Moreover, contrary with CD8 depletion of the graft that only affects CD8+ lymphocyte counts, CD34 selection dramatically decreased both CD8 and CD4 counts. [less ▲]

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See detailBarotrauma-induced tension pneumoperitoneum.
Canivet, Jean-Luc ULg; Yans, Th; Piret, Sonia ULg et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (2003), 54(3), 233-6

We report the case of a massive tension-pneumoperitoneum developing immediately after starting mechanical ventilation (barotrauma). Careful analysis of CT-data provided meaningful informations in ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a massive tension-pneumoperitoneum developing immediately after starting mechanical ventilation (barotrauma). Careful analysis of CT-data provided meaningful informations in assessing the non surgical pulmonary source of pneumo peritoneum. [less ▲]

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See detailChanging pattern of bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.
Frere, Pascale ULg; Hermanne, J.-P.; Debouge, M.-H. et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2002), 29(7), 589-94

Adequate infection prophylaxis and empirical antibiotic therapy are of critical importance after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We examined the evolution of bacterial susceptibility to ... [more ▼]

Adequate infection prophylaxis and empirical antibiotic therapy are of critical importance after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We examined the evolution of bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics in 492 patients (198 allografts and 294 autografts) transplanted between 1982 and 1999 and evaluated whether ciprofloxacin prophylaxis and an empirical antibiotic regimen (glycopeptide + third-generation cephalosporin) were still valid. We collected all susceptibility tests performed during the initial hospitalization on blood cultures as well as routine surveillance cultures and analyzed susceptibility to ciprofloxacin and to major antibiotics used in our unit. Gram-positive cocci rapidly became resistant to ciprofloxacin (susceptibility around 70% in 1990 to less than 20% in 1998) but sensitivity to glycopeptides remained unaltered. There was a rapid decline in the number of patients colonized with Gram-negative bacilli in the early years of ciprofloxacin prophylaxis. However, susceptibility to ciprofloxacin fell sharply from around 90% in 1990 to around 30% in 1999. In parallel, susceptibility to ceftazidime also decreased to less than 80% in recent years. Piperacillin (+/- tazobactam) did not show any variation over time and its efficacy remained too low (about 60%). Imipenem as well as recently introduced cefepim and meropenem showed stable and excellent profiles (>90% susceptibility). In conclusion: (1) quinolone prophylaxis has now lost most of its value; (2) the choice of a third-generation cephalosporin for empirical antibiotic therapy may no longer be the best because of the emergence of Gram-negative strains resistant to beta-lactamases, such as Enterobacter sp. More appropriate regimens of empirical antibiotic therapy in HSCT recipients may be based on the use of a carbapenem or fourth-generation cephalosporin. [less ▲]

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