An International Registry of Granulocyte Transfusions

Monica B. Pagano, Suzy Morton, Claudia S. Cohn, Sylvie Gross, Jose Kutner, Antoine Lewin, Jeffrey McCullough, Irwin Schweitzer, Alan T. Tinmouth, Kamille West, Simon J. Stanworth

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Introduction: Granulocyte transfusions are used to either treat or prevent life-threatening infections in neutropenic patients. Current evidence from clinical trials does not support or reject efficacy, nor guide practice. Methods: A group of investigators have led the efforts to create an online registry to gather information on granulocyte transfusion practices from as broad a range of international settings. The data forms were adapted from an on-going study in England for electronic data management. Data is collected at the time of the request for granulocytes, weekly, at 28 days, and at 6 months. Information collected includes donor, granulocyte unit, patient and illness characteristics, and outcomes. Results: The PROspective GRanulocyte usage and outcomEs Survey (ProGrES) is currently open for data entry. Centres across the UK have collected data on 80 subjects. Five institutions from 4 countries (2 from the US, 1 each from Brazil, and national services in Canada and France) are in the process of joining the study. Other countries have expressed interest. Conclusion: It is feasible to develop an international registry of granulocyte transfusions to characterise current practices and describe outcomes. This registry would provide a platform to explore the relationship between intervention and outcomes, and to generate evidence to inform granulocyte transfusion efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-322
Number of pages5
JournalTransfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

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  • Granulocytes
  • Infection
  • Neutropenia
  • Registry


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