Risk factors for lymphoproliferative disorders after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Blood, Volume 113, Issue 20, p.4992-5001 (2009)


2009, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Case-Control Studies, Center-Authored Paper, Child, Child, Preschool, Clinical Research Division, Female, Graft vs Host Disease, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, Humans, Infant, Lymphoproliferative Disorders, Male, Middle Aged, Research Trials Office Core Facility - Biostatistics Service, Retrospective Studies, Risk Factors, Shared Resources, Transplantation, Homologous, Young Adult


We evaluated 26 901 patients who underwent allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) at 271 centers worldwide to define patterns of posttransplantation lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLDs). PTLDs developed in 127 recipients, with 105 (83%) cases occurring within 1 year after transplantation. In multivariate analyses, we confirmed that PTLD risks were strongly associated (P < .001) with T-cell depletion of the donor marrow, antithymocyte globulin (ATG) use, and unrelated or HLA-mismatched grafts (URD/HLA mismatch). Significant associations were also confirmed for acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease. The increased risk associated with URD/HLA-mismatched donors (RR = 3.8) was limited to patients with T-cell depletion or ATG use (P = .004). New findings were elevated risks for age 50 years or older at transplantation (RR = 5.1; P < .001) and second transplantation (RR = 3.5; P < .001). Lower risks were found for T-cell depletion methods that remove both T and B cells (alemtuzumab and elutriation, RR = 3.1; P = .025) compared with other methods (RR = 9.4; P = .005 for difference). The cumulative incidence of PTLDs was low (0.2%) among 21 686 patients with no major risk factors, but increased to 1.1%, 3.6%, and 8.1% with 1, 2, and more than 3 major risk factors, respectively. Our findings identify subgroups of patients who underwent allogeneic HCT at elevated risk of PTLDs for whom prospective monitoring of Epstein-Barr virus activation and early treatment intervention may be particularly beneficial.