Lung function and long-term complications after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Volume 16, Issue 1, p.53-61 (2010)


2010, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Center-Authored Paper, Clinical Research Division, Cohort Studies, Female, Forced Expiratory Volume, Graft vs Host Disease, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, Humans, lung, Male, Middle Aged, Respiratory Function Tests, Respiratory Insufficiency, Retrospective Studies, Risk Factors, Statistics as Topic, Time Factors, Transplantation, Homologous, Treatment Outcome, Young Adult


It is unknown if diminished pulmonary function early after allogeneic hematopoietic transplant is associated with poor long-term outcomes. The objective of this study was to determine if posttransplant lung function is associated with 5-year nonrelapse mortality (NRM) and the development of chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD). Retrospective analysis was done for 2158 patients who had routine pulmonary function testing 60-120 days after transplant between 1992 and 2004. Cox regression was used to assess the hazard ratio for 5-year NRM. A second analysis assessed the hazard ratio for the development of cGVHD. Lung function score was the primary exposure, and was calculated according to forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV(1)) and carbon monoxide diffusion capapcity (DLCO). Individual pulmonary function parameters were secondary exposures. The primary outcomes were 5-year NRM and the development of cGVHD. Most patients had normal lung function following transplant. A higher lung function score, signifying greater impairment, was associated with an increased risk of mortality (category 1 hazard ratio [HR] 1.47 [1.17-1.85]; category 2 HR 3.38 [2.53-4.53]; category 3 HR 7.80 [4.15-14.68]). A similar association was observed for all individual pulmonary function parameters. Low FEV(1) was associated with the subsequent development of cGVHD (FEV(1) 70%-79% HR 1.26 [1.01-1.57]; 60%-69% HR 1.48 [1.10-2.01]; <60% HR 2.02 [1.34-3.05]). Models using either lung function score or individual pulmonary function parameters performed about equally well as judged by the C-statistic. Impaired lung function at day 80 posttransplant was associated with a higher risk of NRM. A low FEV(1) following transplant was associated with developing cGVHD within 1 year.