Acute graft-versus-host disease of the heart

Stephen S. Roberts, Nicky Leeborg, Marc Loriaux, F. Leonard Johnson, Meei Li Huang, Peter Stenzel, Christian Thiede, Kamar T. Godder

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Abstract

Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality after bone marrow transplantation. Acute GVHD most commonly involves the skin, gastrointestinal tract, and liver. Involvement of other organ systems is rare and remains controversial. We report a patient with GVHD who suffered a fatal ventricular arrhythmia shortly after bone marrow transplantation. Autopsy of the heart showed lymphocyte infiltration. Investigations for cardiotrophic viruses were negative, and chimerism analysis of the heart showed both donor and recipient DNA. We conclude that the cause of death was possibly graft-versus-host disease of the heart. A review of the literature revealed a total of 14 cases of possible cardiac GVHD. All but one of the reported cases have occurred in pediatric patients and six of those patients died, suggesting that this may be a rare but frequently fatal complication of pediatric allogeneic stem cell transplant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)624-628
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Volume47
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 2006

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Graft vs Host Disease
Bone Marrow Transplantation
Pediatrics
Chimerism
Gastrointestinal Tract
Cardiac Arrhythmias
Cause of Death
Autopsy
Stem Cells
Tissue Donors
Lymphocytes
Viruses
Morbidity
Transplants
Skin
Mortality
Liver
DNA

Keywords

  • ALL
  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Cardiac toxicity after cancer therapy
  • Graft-versus-host disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology

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Roberts, S. S., Leeborg, N., Loriaux, M., Johnson, F. L., Huang, M. L., Stenzel, P., ... Godder, K. T. (2006). Acute graft-versus-host disease of the heart. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 47(5), 624-628. https://doi.org/10.1002/pbc.20621

Acute graft-versus-host disease of the heart. / Roberts, Stephen S.; Leeborg, Nicky; Loriaux, Marc; Johnson, F. Leonard; Huang, Meei Li; Stenzel, Peter; Thiede, Christian; Godder, Kamar T.

In: Pediatric Blood and Cancer, Vol. 47, No. 5, 15.10.2006, p. 624-628.

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Roberts, SS, Leeborg, N, Loriaux, M, Johnson, FL, Huang, ML, Stenzel, P, Thiede, C & Godder, KT 2006, 'Acute graft-versus-host disease of the heart', Pediatric Blood and Cancer, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 624-628. https://doi.org/10.1002/pbc.20621
Roberts, Stephen S. ; Leeborg, Nicky ; Loriaux, Marc ; Johnson, F. Leonard ; Huang, Meei Li ; Stenzel, Peter ; Thiede, Christian ; Godder, Kamar T. / Acute graft-versus-host disease of the heart. In: Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2006 ; Vol. 47, No. 5. pp. 624-628.
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