Increasing Incidence of Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease inAllogeneic Transplantation: A Report from the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research

Sally Arai, Mukta Arora, Tao Wang, Stephen R. Spellman, Wensheng He, Daniel R. Couriel, Alvaro Urbano-Ispizua, Corey S. Cutler, Andrea A. Bacigalupo, Minoo Battiwalla, Mary E. Flowers, Mark B. Juckett, Stephanie J. Lee, Alison W. Loren, Thomas R. Klumpp, Susan E. Prockup, Olle T H Ringdén, Bipin N. Savani, Gérard Socié, Kirk R. SchultzThomas Spitzer, Takanori Teshima, Christopher N. Bredeson, David A. Jacobsohn, Robert J. Hayashi, William R. Drobyski, Haydar A. Frangoul, Görgün Akpek, Vincent T. Ho, Victor A. Lewis, Robert Peter Gale, John Koreth, Nelson J. Chao, Mahmoud D. Aljurf, Brenda W. Cooper, Mary J. Laughlin, Jack W. Hsu, Peiman Hematti, Leo F. Verdonck, Melhelm M. Solh, Maxim Norkin, Vijay Reddy, Rodrigo Martino, Shahinaz Gadalla, Jenna D. Goldberg, Philip L. McCarthy, José A. Pérez-Simón, Nandita Khera, Ian D. Lewis, Yoshiko Atsuta, Richard F. Olsson, Wael Saber, Edmund K. Waller, Didier Blaise, Joseph A. Pidala, Paul J. Martin, Prakash Satwani, Martin Bornhäuser, Yoshihiro Inamoto, Daniel J. Weisdorf, Mary M. Horowitz, Steven Z. Pavletic

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Although transplant practices have changed over the last decades, no information is available on trends in incidence and outcome of chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) over time. This study used the central database of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) to describe time trends for cGVHD incidence, nonrelapse mortality, and risk factors for cGVHD. The 12-year period was divided into 3 intervals, 1995 to 1999, 2000 to 2003, and 2004 to 2007, and included 26,563 patients with acute leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, and myelodysplastic syndrome. Multivariate analysis showed an increased incidence of cGVHD in more recent years (odds ratio=1.19, P<.0001), and this trend was still seen when adjusting for donor type, graft type, or conditioning intensity. In patients with cGVHD, nonrelapse mortality has decreased over time, but at 5years there were no significant differences among different time periods. Risk factors for cGVHD were in line with previous studies. This is the first comprehensive characterization of the trends in cGVHD incidence and underscores the mounting need for addressing this major late complication of transplantation in future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-274
Number of pages9
JournalBiology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

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Financial disclosure: The CIBMTR is supported by Public Health Service Grant/Cooperative Agreement U24-CA76518 from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) (U24-CA76518), and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) (U24-CA76518); Grant/Cooperative Agreement 5U01HL069294 from the NHLBI and NCI ; contract HHSH234200637015C with Health Resources and Services Administration; 2 grants ( N00014-06-1-0704 and N00014-08-1-0058 ) from the Office of Naval Research ; and grants from Allos, Inc. ; Amgen, Inc. ; Angioblast; Anonymous donation to the Medical College of Wisconsin; Ariad ; Be The Match Foundation ; Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association ; Buchanan Family Foundation ; CaridianBCT ; Celgene Corporation ; CellGenix , GmbH ; Fresenius-Biotech North America, Inc. ; Gamida Cell Teva Joint Venture Ltd. ; Genentech, Inc. ; Genzyme Corporation ; GlaxoSmithKline ; HistoGenetics, Inc. ; Kiadis Pharma ; The Medical College of Wisconsin; Merck & Co, Inc. ; Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Co. ; Milliman USA, Inc. ; Miltenyi Biotec, Inc. ; National Marrow Donor Program ; Optum Healthcare Solutions, Inc. ; Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. ; Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. ; RemedyMD ; Sanofi ; Seattle Genetics ; Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals ; Soligenix, Inc. ; StemCyte, A Global Cord Blood Therapeutics Co. ; Stemsoft Software, Inc. ; Swedish Orphan Biovitrum ; Tarix Pharmaceuticals ; Teva Neuroscience, Inc. ; Therakos ; and WellPoint The views expressed in this article do not reflect the official policy or position of the NIH, the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense, or any other agency of the U.S. Government.

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© 2015 American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.


  • Allogeneic transplant
  • Incidence
  • Nonrelapse mortality


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