BACKGROUND: It was hypothesized that transfusion of two granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)-mobilized prophylactic granulocyte components into allogeneic peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC) transplant patients during the regimen-related neutropenic interval would result in clinical benefit. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: HLA-matched sibling PBPC donors (n = 151) were biologically randomized based on ABO mismatch to donate granulocyte components (Cohort G) or not donate granulocytes (control group, Cohort C). ABO-matched donors who did not meet other study-specific criteria were reassigned to Cohort C. RESULTS: Feasibility, defined as the proportion of ABO-matched donors who underwent granulocyte collections, was 42 percent (53 of 125). The percentage of patients who developed fever during the initial hospitalization was greater in Cohort C versus Cohort G (82.7% vs. 64.2%; p = 0.03). In the interval from when granulocyte transfusions were initially given in Cohort G (Day +3 or Day +5) until neutrophil engraftment, the number of febrile days was less in Cohort G versus Cohort C (median, 0 vs. 1; Mann-Whitney p = 0.003). The median number of days of intravenous antibiotics given during the initial hospitalization was less in Cohort G versus Cohort C (9 vs. 11; Mann-Whitney p = 0.03), a difference accounted for in the interval from Day +3 or Day +5 to neutrophil recovery. There was no significant difference in length of the initial hospital stay, acute graft-versus-host disease rates, or 100-day survival between the two cohorts. CONCLUSION: This prospective study demonstrates a modest, but significant, benefit of G-CSF-mobilized HLA-matched prophylactic granulocyte transfusions in neutropenic allogeneic PBPC recipients.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy