Incidence, Predictors, and Outcomes of Veno-Occlusive Disease/Sinusoidal Obstruction Syndrome after Reduced-Intensity Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2020 Mar; 26(3):529-539.BB
fludarabine with intravenous busulfan at doses of 3.2 mg/kg (Flu/Bu1) or 6.4 mg/kg (Flu/Bu2). Hepatic veno-occlusive disease/sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (VOD/SOS) is a serious complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) that is felt to be triggered, at least in part, by damage to the liver sinusoidal endothelium from cytotoxic conditioning regimens. Accordingly, the incidence of VOD/SOS after reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) HCT is low compared with myeloablative transplantation, and the natural history, risk factors, and outcomes of VOD/SOS after RIC have not been well characterized. We retrospectively reviewed 1583 consecutive patients receiving RIC HCT at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute between 2007 and 2017 and ascertained 26 cases of VOD/SOS. The median day of VOD/SOS onset was 26 days (range, 5 to 48) and the cumulative incidence at day 50 was 1.6% (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.1% to 2.4%). Day 100 nonrelapse mortality rate was 23% in the VOD/SOS cohort compared with 6.4% in patients without VOD/SOS (P = .006). Cumulative incidence of VOD/SOS at day 50 was 3.1% after RIC regimen with Flu/Bu2 ± ATG (fludarabine with two doses of busulfan, total dose 6.4 mg/kg, with or without anti-thymocyte globulin), compared with 0.15% after Flu/Bu1 ± ATG (fludarabine with single busulfan dose 3.2 mg/kg, with or without anti-thymocyte globulin) (P = .0002); the incidence rate was 2.1% after RIC HCT with sirolimus-containing graft-versus-host disease prophylaxis, compared with 0.8% for RIC without sirolimus (P = .06). Significant risk factors identified in multivariable analysis for the development of VOD/SOS were sirolimus use (hazard ratio [HR], 5.1; 95% CI, 1.8 to 14.2; P = .002) and RIC regimen with Flu/Bu2 ± ATG (HR, 34; 95% CI, 4.5 to 252; P < .001) or other (HR, 32; 95% CI, 3.9 to 257; P = .001) compared with Flu/Bu1 ± ATG. Rising serum tacrolimus or sirolimus levels, new acute kidney injury, and increasing platelet transfusion requirements were significant early predictors of onset in the week preceding prior VOD/SOS diagnosis. When compared with a previously published cohort of 76 patients with VOD/SOS who developed VOD/SOS after myeloablative HCT in the same time period, VOD/SOS after RIC occurred later and was associated with a lower peak bilirubin level and better overall survival. The variability in presenting features for RIC VOD/SOS highlights the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion for this entity in RIC HCT.