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Intensification of GVHD prophylaxis interferes with the effects of pretransplant herpes virus serology on the occurrence of grades II-IV acute graft-versus-host disease

By J.W. (Jan-Willem) Gratama, H. (Hans) van der Nat, H.T. (Harro) Weiland, Th. (Theo) Stijnen, W.E. (Willem) Fibbe, J.M. (Jaak) Vossen, R. (Roelof) Willemze and L.F. (Leo) Verdonck

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__Abstract__\ud \ud The effects of pretransplant herpes virus serology on the occurrence of grades II-IV acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) were studied in 262 recipients and their HLA-identical family donors. In 131 recipients on standard GVHD prophylaxis (either methotrexate or cyclosporin A) significant effects were observed for donor HSV serology (seropositivity associated with increased risk for GVHD) and donor EBV serology (seronegativity associated with increased risk). However, these effects were nonsignificant in the other 131 recipients on intensified GVHD prophylaxis (i.e., methotrexate combined with cyclosporin A, in vivo anti-T-cell monoclonal antibodies, or various procedures to reduce the T-cell numbers in the transplants)

Topics: Bone marrow transplantation, Graft-versus-host-disease, Herpes viruses
Year: 1992
DOI identifier: 10.1007/BF01715367
OAI identifier: oai:repub.eur.nl:69490

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