Extracorporeal Photopheresis in Steroid-Refractory Acute or Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease: Results of a Systematic Review of Prospective Studies

Iman Abu-Dalle, Tea Reljic, Taiga Nishihori, Ahmad Antar, Ali Bazarbachi, Benjamin Djulbegovic, Ambuj Kumar, Mohamed A. Kharfan-Dabaja
2014 Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation  
Acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) remain major obstacles for successful allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) modulates immune cells, such as alloreactive T cells and dendritic cells, and improves GVHD target organ function(s) in steroid-refractory GVHD patients. We performed a systematic review to evaluate the totality of evidence regarding the efficacy of ECP for treatment of acute and chronic steroid-refractory or steroid-dependent
more » ... GVHD. Nine studies, including 1 randomized controlled trial, met inclusion criteria, with a total of 323 subjects. In pooled analyses, overall response rates (ORR) were .69 (95% confidence interval [CI], .34 to .95) and .64 (95% CI, .47 to .79) for acute and chronic GVHD, respectively. In acute GVHD organ-specific responses, ECP resulted in the highest ORR for cutaneous, with .84 (95% CI, .75 to .92), followed by gastrointestinal with .65 (95% CI, .52 to .78). Similar response rates were seen in chronic GVHD involving the skin and gastrointestinal tract. Conversely, ORR for chronic GVHD involving the lungs was only .15 (95% CI, 0 to .5). In chronic GVHD, grades 3 to 4 adverse events were reported at .38 (95% CI, .06 to .78). ECP-related mortality rates were extremely low. Rates of immunosuppression discontinuation were .55 (95% CI, .40 to .70) and .23 (95% CI, .07 to .44) for acute and chronic GVHD, respectively. In summary, albeit limited by numbers of available studies, pooled analyses of prospective studies demonstrate encouraging responses after ECP treatment in acute and chronic GVHD after failing corticosteroids. Further research efforts are needed to improve organ-specific responses. Ó j o u r n a l h o m e p a g e : w w w . b b m t . o r g
doi:10.1016/j.bbmt.2014.05.017 pmid:24867779 fatcat:slysu4y6fzaytb4bqgym22y7py