High Incidence of Autoimmune Disease after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Chronic Granulomatous Disease

Asaf D. Yanir, Imelda C. Hanson, William T. Shearer, Lenora M. Noroski, Lisa R. Forbes, Feliz O. Seeborg, Sarah Nicholas, Ivan Chinn, Jordan S. Orange, Nicholas L. Rider, Kathryn S. Leung, Swati Naik, George Carrum, Ghadir Sasa, Meenakshi Hegde, Bilal A. Omer, Nabil Ahmed, Carl E. Allen, Yassine Khaled, Meng Fen WuHao Liu, Stephen M. Gottschalk, Helen Heslop, Malcolm Brenner, Robert A. Krance, Caridad A. Martinez

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There is a lack of consensus regarding the role and method of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) on patients with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD). Long-term follow-up after HSCT in these patient population is essential to know its potential complications and decide who will benefit the most from HSCT. We report the outcome of HSCT and long-term follow-up in 24 patients with CGD, transplanted in our center from either related (n = 6) or unrelated (n = 18) donors, over a 12-year period (2003 to 2015), using high-dose alemtuzumab in the preparative regimen. We evaluated the incidence and timing of adverse events and potential risk factors. We described in detailed the novel finding of increased autoimmunity after HSCT in patients with CGD. At a median follow-up of 1460 days, 22 patients were full donor chimeras, and 2 patients had stable mixed chimerism. All assessable patients showed normalization of their neutrophil oxidative burst test. None of the patients developed grades II to IV acute graft-versus-host disease, and no patient had chronic graft-versus-host disease. Twelve of 24 patients developed 17 autoimmune diseases (ADs). Severe ADs (cytopenia and neuropathy) occurred exclusively in the unrelated donor setting and mainly in the first year after HSCT, whereas thyroid AD occurred in the related donor setting as well and more than 3 years after HSCT. Two patients died due to infectious complications after developing autoimmune cytopenias. One additional patient suffered severe brain injury. The remaining 21 patients have long-term Lansky scores ≥ 80. The outcome of HSCT from unrelated donors is comparable with related donors but might carry an increased risk of developing severe AD. A lower dose of alemtuzumab may reduce this risk and should be tested in further studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1643-1650
Number of pages8
JournalBiology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • Autoimmune disease
  • Chimerism
  • Chronic granulomatous disease
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
  • Immune reconstitution
  • Myeloablative conditioning
  • Unrelated donors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Transplantation


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