Clinical and Economic Burden of Multiple Double-Stranded DNA Viral Infections after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

Joshua A. Hill, Seung Hyun Moon, Aastha Chandak, Zhiji Zhang, Michael Boeckh, Richard T. Maziarz

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Conditioning regimens for allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) are immunosuppressive and increase the risk for reactivation of and infection with double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) viruses, which contribute to morbidity and mortality after allo-HCT. This retrospective observational study evaluated the association of dsDNA viral infections with clinical outcomes, health resource utilization (HRU), and health care reimbursement after allo-HCT. Patients who underwent allo-HCT between 2012 and 2017 were identified from a US open-source claims database (Decision Resource Group Real-World Evidence Data Repository; n = 13,363) and categorized according to the presence or absence of dsDNA viral infection, defined as having ≥1 diagnosis code for cytomegalovirus (CMV), adenovirus (AdV), human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), or BK virus (BKV)/Epstein–Barr virus (EBV)/John Cunningham virus (JCV) (grouped together given a lack of specific diagnoses codes) within 1 year after allo-HCT. Only first allo-HCT data were used in patients who underwent multiple procedures. Study outcomes included clinical outcomes (eg, time to all-cause mortality, new diagnosis of renal impairment), HRU (hospital and intensive care unit length of stay [LOS], readmission rates), and health care reimbursement (total, inpatient, and outpatient costs as reported reimbursements from insurance claims). For all outcomes, patients were stratified by the presence/absence of any dsDNA viral infection and number (none, 1, 2, or ≥3) and type(s) of infection. The effect of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was assessed as well. Twenty-nine percent of patients were diagnosed with CMV, 13% with BKV/EBV/JCV, 5% with AdV, and 4% with HHV-6 in the year following their first allo-HCT. A single dsDNA viral infection was documented in 30% of individuals, 2 in 8%, and ≥3 in 2%. Patients with no viral infections had an overall hospital LOS (index hospitalization plus readmissions) of 41.3 days and a total health care reimbursement of $266,345. These numbers increased for every additional viral infection, regardless of the presence or absence of GVHD; the overall hospital LOS was 61.4 days and total healthcare reimbursement was $431,614 in patients with 1 viral infection, 77.0 days and $639,097 in patients with 2 viral infections, and 103.3 days and $964,378 in patients with ≥3 viral infections. An increase in the number of dsDNA viral infections was associated with a significantly higher adjusted hazard of all-cause mortality (1 versus 0 dsDNA viral infections: hazard ratio [HR], 1.5; [95% confidence interval (CI), 1.3 to 1.6]; 2 versus 0: HR, 2.0 [95% CI, 1.7 to 2.3]; ≥3 versus 0: HR, 2.4 [95% CI, 1.8 to 3.3]) and a significantly higher incidence of new diagnosis of renal impairment, regardless of the presence of GVHD (35% of patients with ≥3 infections, 31% of patients with 2 infections, 26% of patients with 1 infection, and 19% of patients with no infection). These results indicate that more directed prevention and treatment strategies for dsDNA viral infections could substantially improve clinical outcomes and reduce HRU.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619.e1-619.e8
JournalTransplantation and Cellular Therapy
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology
  • Transplantation


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