Non-TBI stem cell transplantation protocol for Fanconi anaemia using HLA-compatible sibling and unrelated donors

Bone Marrow Transplant. 2003 Oct;32(7):653-6. doi: 10.1038/sj.bmt.1704219.


Allogeneic haemopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT) is the only curative option for severe bone marrow (BM) failure in patients with Fanconi anaemia (FA). We have developed a non total body irradiation (TBI) conditioning protocol consisting of fludarabine (120-150 mg/m(2)), low dose of cyclophosphamide (40 mg/kg) and antilymphocyte globulin (45 mg/kg). Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis was with cyclosporin alone for sibling allografts but also included Campath-1 H (days 1-5 post SCT) for the unrelated allografts. We have performed two sibling and two unrelated BM transplants with a follow-up of 11-51 months. All patients experienced minimal toxicity and were discharged from hospital 28-32 days post SCT. Neutrophil and platelet engraftment occurred from days 11 to 19 and 15 to 34, respectively. All patients achieved stable full donor haemopoiesis with normalisation of the peripheral blood count despite one of them having myelodysplasia (MDS) with 8% blasts prior to the SCT. The only site of acute GVHD was in the skin (grade I-II) and only one patient progressed to limited chronic GVHD. This protocol is associated with reduced toxicity and prompt engraftment in FA patients with AA and/or MDS undergoing SCT using sibling or unrelated donors.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Antilymphocyte Serum / administration & dosage
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / administration & dosage*
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / toxicity
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cyclophosphamide / administration & dosage
  • Fanconi Anemia / complications
  • Fanconi Anemia / therapy*
  • Female
  • Graft Survival
  • Graft vs Host Disease / prevention & control
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation / adverse effects
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation / methods*
  • Histocompatibility Testing
  • Humans
  • Kinetics
  • Male
  • Siblings
  • Transplantation Conditioning / methods*
  • Transplantation, Homologous / immunology
  • Vidarabine / administration & dosage
  • Vidarabine / analogs & derivatives*


  • Antilymphocyte Serum
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Vidarabine
  • fludarabine