Severe combined immunodeficiency is an inborn error of immunity characterized by impairments in the numbers and functions of T and B lymphocytes due to various genetic causes, and if it remains untreated, patients succumb to infections during the first 2 years of life.
Purpose and methods: This study reported retrospective data from 72 infants diagnosed with SCID including their major clinical features, HSCT characteristics, and outcomes over a 20-year period (1997-2017).
Results: Sixty-one of 72 SCID patients in the study underwent HSCT from 1997 to 2017. Median ages at the time of diagnosis and transplantation were 3.5 months and 5 months, respectively. Consanguinity was present in 68% of the patients, and T - B - NK + phenotype was predominantly identified. The overall survival was 80.3% over a 20-year period. However, the patients transplanted during an active infection had a lower survival rate of 73.9% compared to 100% for patients transplanted infection-free or with a previous infection that had resolved. The survival rate was significantly higher among recipients of HLA-identical transplants (92.9%), compared to recipients of mismatched related transplants (70%). The overall survival increased from 50 (1997-2006) to 85% (2007-2017) during the last 10 years.
Conclusions: This is one of the largest single-center studies in Turkey with extensive experience about SCID patients. Early diagnosis of SCID patients before the onset of an infection and early transplantation are shown to be extremely important factors affecting the outcome and increasing the survival regardless of the donor type based on the results of this study.
Keywords: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantaion (HSCT); Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID); clinical features; outcomes.