Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SCB Medical and Hospital, India
Submission: November 8, 2019; Published: December 02, 2019
*Corresponding author: Jeetendra Kumar Patra, Assistant Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SCB Medical College and Hospital,Cuttack, Odisha, India,
How to cite this article: Sangram K M, Manoranjan Pattnaik, Rabindra Kumar Jena, Jeetendra Kumar Patra, et al. A Study on Infectious and Non-Infectious
Pulmonary Complications in Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation. Int J Pul & Res Sci. 2018; 4(3): 555636. DOI: 10.19080/IJOPRS.2019.04.555636
Introduction: Bone Marrow Transplantation is a standard therapy for aplastic anaemia, acute leukaemia’s, chronic myelogenous leukaemia,
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease with long-term disease-free survival exceeding 60% . Encouraging results are also noted in
the role of BMT in the management of hemoglobinopathies, immunodeficiency disorders, myelodysplastic syndromes, multiple myeloma and
testicular and breast cancers . Pulmonary complications including infectious and non-infectious conditions which occurs in 40% - 60% of
patients who received BMTs, account for meaningful morbidity and mortality. These are classified as early or late depending on whether they
occur before or after 100 days post transplantation. Infectious complications are more common in allogenic HSCT recipients because of graft
versus host disease itself and prophylactic and therapeutic immunosuppressive therapy for GVHD . Pulmonary complications of stem cell
transfusion (the newest form of BMT) are similar to those related to autologous BMT.
Aims and Objectives:To study occurrence of various pulmonary complications in patients undergoing Autologous Bone Marrow
Transplantation in Multiple Myeloma patients. To study the interval of appearance of above complications from date of transplantation. To study
any change in pulmonary function following transplantation.
Materials and methods: This Longitudinal Study was conducted in the Department of Clinical Haematology in collaboration with
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SCB Medical College, Cuttack from March-2016 to December-2017.26 patients of Multiple Myeloma who
had undergone autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation have been included in this study.
Results: Among 26 patients, Male to female ratio was 2.25:1 and the most common age group overall was 50-59 years (53.85%).
The most common co-morbidity was diabetes mellitus (50%) followed by hypertension (46.15%) and COPD (23.08%). All 3 stages of multiple
myeloma had undergone transplantation and the most common being stage – III (16 out of 26 patients 61.54%). Pulmonary complications
appeared in 11 cases out of 26 cases (42.31%), out of which, 4 were of infective ethology (15.38%) and 7 were of non-infective ethology (26.93%).
Conclusion: Understanding the mechanism of lung injury post BMT and developing effective preventive and therapeutic strategy may
prevent severe form of pulmonary complications.
Keywords: Bone Marrow Transplantation, Multiple Myeloma
Abbreviations: HSCT: Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation; BMT: Bone Marrow Transplantation
THematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) has become
the standard technique of Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT).
The first successful allogenic BMT was performed in late 1960s.
Since then BMT has been used with increasing frequency for
the treatment of malignant and non-malignant haematological
diseases, solid tumours, metabolic diseases and genetic diseases.
The donor source may be the patient himself (autologous), a sibling
or an unrelated person (allogenic), identical twin (syngeneic)
or a genetically unrelated umbilical cord blood sample . BMT
is a standard therapy for aplastic anaemia, acute leukaemia’s,
chronic myelogenous leukaemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and
Hodgkin’s disease with long-term disease-free survival exceeding
60% . Also encouraging results are noted in the role of BMT
in the management of hemoglobinopathies, immunodeficiency disorders, myelodysplastic syndromes, multiple myeloma and
testicular and breast cancers . Pulmonary complications which
occurs in 40% - 60% of patients who received BMTs, account for
meaningful morbidity and mortality. The spectrum of pulmonary
complications includes infectious and non-infectious conditions.
These are classified as early or late depending on whether they
occur before or after 100 days post transplantation. Mortality
rates of HSCT recipients with pulmonary infiltrates requiring
mechanical ventilation approach 90% . Conditioning regimen,
reconstitution of immune system and prophylactic strategy for
infections influence the incidence of pulmonary complications
following HSCT. Infectious complications are more common in
allogenic HSCT recipients because of graft versus host disease
itself and prophylactic and therapeutic immunosuppressive
therapy for GVHD . As the incidence of infectious pulmonary
complications has diminished as a result of effective prophylactic
therapy, non-infectious pulmonary complications have emerged
as a major cause of post-HSCT morbidity and mortality .
Pulmonary complications of stem cell transfusion (the newest
form of BMT) are like those related to autologous BMT.
This study is a Longitudinal Study with pre-transplant patient
evaluation and post-transplant patient follow-ups done thrice,
at the end of 1 month, 3months and 6 months, was conducted
in the Department of Clinical Haematology in collaboration with
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SCB Medical College, Cuttack,
from March – 2016 to December – 2017. An ethical clearance was
taken from Institutional ethical committee, SCB Medical College &
A total of 26 patients of Multiple Myeloma who had undergone
autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation have been
included in this study. Only multiple myeloma cases have been
included in the present study because several studies done in the
past had shown that in case of multiple myeloma, autologous bone
marrow transplantation has better survival and less morbidity
and complication post transplantation in comparison to allogenic
transplantations. Multiple Myeloma represents a malignant
proliferation of plasma cells derived from a single clone. Diagnosis
was made based on serum electrophoresis in which “M-band” was
found in case of myeloma patients. After diagnosis patient was
given a grade according to ISS (Table 1) for multiple myeloma.
As per the institutional protocol, patient eligible for stem
cell transplantation gets treated with 4 cycles of Cyborg regimen
(cyclophosphamide + bortezomib + dexamethasone). After
4 cycles, with 1week interval between each cycle, patient is
expected to be free of tumour cells and he/she is considered
for stem cell transplantation. Once a patient is considered for
stem cell transplantation he has to undergo following tests
Complete Blood Count, Serum Electrolytes, Liver Function Test,
Renal Function Test, Pulmonary Function Tests (spirometry
and DLCO), Cardiological tests (ECG and 2D-Echocardiography),
Serum Inflammatory Marker Tests (Serum lactate dehydrogenase
(LDH), Serum C-reactive protein ), Random Blood Sugar, Chest
X-Ray (Digital), Sputum, if present, Gram staining and culture
sensitivity. After all these tests were done and patient was found
to be an eligible candidate for stem cell transplantation patient
was explained about the whole procedure, its complication and
expected results. After written and informed consent, the patient
was taken inside the “Transplantation Suite” and the process was
started with all aseptic measures. 1-2 days following infusion
of cryopreserved stem cells, patient was administered with
growth factor Filgrastim at a dose of 1 vial of 300μg per day
subcutaneously for 7 consecutive days.
Patient was also administered with medication for graft versus
host disease prophylaxis like Methotrexate tablets only. Weekly
serum tests to check for CMV antigenemia, HSV and Parvo virus
antigenemia were carried out along with alternate day complete
blood count, serum lactate dehydrogenase, serum electrolytes and
serum urea, creatinine to check for blood cell recovery and other
organ status. In all 26 cases of this study engraftment had taken
place within 12-15 days post transplantation. For engraftment to
be completed a target of absolute neutrophil count of 0.5 X 109
/ l and that of platelets 20 X109 /l maintained for 3 consecutive
days was taken. The decision regarding the discharge of patients were taken according to the clinical stability and blood profile
of the patient. Excluding 3 patients who died inside the BMT
suite, other 23 patients were discharged around 16-17 days
post transplantation (Table 2). Patients were discharged with
medications like methotrexate and multivitamin tablets.
There are no special exclusion criteria for this study. Only
prerequisite is that the patient’s cardiological and pulmonary
fitness status must be up to the standard so that he/she can be
expected to undergo the procedure well.
This was a prospective study conducted in Kiffa Regional Hospital from January 1 to December 31, 2017, in all patients requiring a chest X-ray. Diagnosis of pulmonary TB was performed on an ambulatory basis, except in patients presenting severe signs and symptoms (hemoptysis, altered consciousness) who were hospitalized. Three sputum samples were collected from all patients with suspected pulmonary TB. Patients were included after informed consent if (i) they had been treated unsuccessfully with non-specific antibiotic therapy, (ii) had at least three negative microscopic examinations of sputum specimens, (iii) but presented X-ray and/or CT evidence of TB, and (iv) responded favorably to anti-tuberculosis therapeutic test. Patients with positive sputum smears or radiological abnormalities and treatment success with non-anti-TB antibiotics were excluded. All CT scans were reread blindly by an experienced radiologist to identify parenchymal lesions and theirbronchial, mediastinal, pleural and parietal morphology.
Patients were screened for HIV by ELISA, and the results were confirmed by Western blot. For each patient, clinical and epidemiological data (age, sex, geographical origin) and history of anti-TB treatment and evolution of the disease (i.e., the results of sputum smears after 2, 3, 5 and 6 months of treatment) were collected and recorded. The anti-TB treatment for all patients consisted of the combination regimen rifampicin (10 mg/kg/day), isoniazid (5 mg/kg/day), ethambutol (20 mg/kg/day), pyrazinamide (30 mg/kg/day) for two months, followed by dual therapy with rifampicin and isoniazid for four months at the same dosages.
Patients were followed up in the department of clinical
haematology as per the following protocol. For the 1st month
post transplantation weekly follow-up was done. In each followup
complete blood count along with peripheral smear, serum
electrolytes, renal function tests, serum test for CMV antigenemia,
serum lactate dehydrogenase were done. If everything was
normal, then patient was discharged with same medication. After
1st month patient was asked for once in a month follow-up. In
each of those follow-ups same tests were done. This procedure
was continued up to 1 year. For the purpose of this study 3
follow-ups were considered. They were follow-ups at the end of
1stmonth, at the end of 3rdmonth and at the end of 6thmonth since
they represented 3 phases of time durations for all the pulmonary
complications, Phase-I (0-30 days), Phase-II (31-100 days)
and Phase-III (>100 days) respectively. If any patient suddenly
developed complication before end of 1 month then he/she was
taken in first follow-up irrespective of time.
During the above three follow-ups, besides the above tests,
few other tests were done.
1. Complete and proper clinical examination of upper and lower
respiratory tract and examination of chest proper under four
broad headings i.e. inspection, palpation, percussion and
2. Chest X-ray Posterior-anterior view (digital)
4. Pulmonary function tests (both spirometry and Delco)
5. C-Reactive Protein (CRP) quantitative.
If the patient complained about any specific symptoms, then
other tests were done.
a) Sputum for Gram’s staining and culture sensitivity if patient
complained of cough with expectoration.b) Serum Pro-calcitonin (PCT) was done if patient had
complained like fever, cough with expectoration,
breathlessness and with x-ray suggestive of pneumonia to
figure out whether the infection was due to bacterial, viral
or fungal origin.
c) 2D-Echocardiography if patient complained of breathlessness.
d) High-resolution CT scan of thorax if patient had developed
breathlessness along with interstitial or any ambiguous
opacity in x-ray done earlier.
e) Fibre-optic Bronchoscopy if patient complained of cough and
breathlessness but had no findings that fully explained the
symptoms on x-ray and HRCT scan thorax.
The purpose of doing bronchoscopy was to collect samples like
bronchoalveolar lavage and bronchial wash to detect pathologies
like diffuse alveolar haemorrhage and to exclude infection so
that diagnosis of idiopathic pneumonia syndrome, bronchiolitis
obliterans syndrome could be established. Bronchoscopy was
done in department of pulmonary medicine using PENTAX video
assisted bronchoscope [Model no: EB 1970 TK (3.2)] after the
patient was nil-per-oral for at-least 8 hours before procedure
(Table 3). We had used local anaesthesia. 2% lignocaine jelly was
applied deep inside the both nostrils and 10% lignocaine solution
was also sprayed into the mouth. Bronchoscope was manoeuvred
up to segmental bronchi. Bronchoalveolar lavage were obtained
with flexible fibre optic bronchoscope. 100ml of sterile saline
at room temperature was infused in five 20ml aliquots through
the bronchoscope wedged into a subsegmental bronchus. After
each aliquot was infused the fluid was recovered by using suction
apparatus and collected in a sterile specimen trap. The specimens
were then pooled in a sterile plastic cup and sent for examinations.
BAL fluid was checked for colour and was sent for cytological and
bacteriological examinations. The development of pneumothorax,
haemorrhage, infection and cardiac arrhythmias were looked for
24-48 hours. Surgical lung biopsy was planned for those patients
suspected of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome to confirm the
diagnosis if risk-benefit ratio allowed it. In our study no patient
was subjected for surgical lung biopsy.
A total of 26 cases were studied. Among them 18 were male
(69.24%) and 8 were female (30.76%) cases. Most common age
group overall was 50-59 years (53.85%). Male to female ratio was
2.25:1. Overall most common BMI group was that of >22.5kg/m2 (53.85 %) out of which 8 were male (30.8 %) and 6 (23.1 %) were
females. But in males most common BMI group was that of 18.5
– 22.5kg/m2, 9 cases out of 18 (50%). In females 6 out of 8 cases
(75 %) had >22.5kg/m2 BMI. In this study the most common comorbidity
was diabetes mellitus found in 13 cases (50%). 2nd most
prevalent comorbidity was hypertension in 12 cases (46.15%).
6 patients (23.08%) had COPD. 4 patients (15.38 %) had dual
comorbidities of diabetes and hypertension whereas 2 patients
(7.69 %) had combination of all three comorbidities. 6 patients
had no comorbidities (23.08 %) (Table 3). In this study smokers
were 9 out of 26 cases (34.62%) and all were male. No female
was a smoker. In this study all 3 stages of multiple myeloma had
undergone transplantation. Most common among them were
stage-III (16 out of 26 patients 61.54%), specifically stage-III A
(12 out of 26 patients 46.16%). 2nd most common stage was stage-
II A (7 out of 26 cases, 26.92%). In our study 16 cases (61.54%)
were found to have normal x-rays and rest 10 patients (38.46%)
had abnormal chest x-rays. Most common abnormal finding was
that of emphysematous changes in 6 out of 26 cases (23.07%).
One patient had both fibrosis and calcification in right upper zone
suggestive of healed tuberculosis. In this study out of 26 patients,
22 (84.62%) had FEV1/FVC ratio>70% of predicted suggesting
either normal or restrictive pattern. 4 patients had FEV1/FVC
ratio<70% (15.38%) of predicted value indicating obstruction. 3
patients (11.54%) out of 26 had diminished Delco (Delco<80% of
predicted) indicating restriction (Table 4). All patients undergoing
hematopoietic stem cell transplantation were followed at the
end of 1 month, 3 months and 6 months. The most common
symptoms during 1st follow-up at the end of 1 month or at the
first instance of start of a suspected respiratory complication (for
those patients who developed complications during their initial
hospitalisation itself) were cough with or without expectoration
and breathlessness found in 6 cases out of 26 patients (23.07%).
During 2nd follow-up at the end of 3rd month only 1 case developed
cough with dyspnoea out of 23 patients (4.35%) (since 3 patients
had died). During 3rd follow up at the end of 6th month 3 patients
had dry cough with dyspnoea out of 23 cases (13.04%). In this
study during 1st follow-up most common x-ray finding was that of
patchy consolidations, 4 out of 26 cases (15.38%) followed by lobar
consolidations in 2 out of 26 cases (7.69%). 7 patients (26.92%)
had pre-transplant findings (6 cases with emphysematous
changes and 1 case with fibrosis and calcification). Rest 12 cases
(46.15%) were normal. During 2nd follow-up no extra abnormal
findings were elicited. Out of 23 patients (3 patients had died)
5 cases (21.74%) had pre-transplant changes and rest 18 cases
(78.26%) were normal. At the time of 3rd follow-up most common
abnormal finding was also that of hyperinflation,3 out of 23 cases
(13.04%). 5 patients (21.74%) had pre-transplant changes. Rest
15 cases (65.22%) were normal. In this study only those cases
who had suspected pulmonary complications had undergone
HRCT scan. So total 11 patients had undergone HRCT at different
time of follow-ups. Most common HRCT finding overall was
infiltrations in 4 cases (36.36%) followed by ground glass opacity
and mosaic pattern with air-trapping, 3 cases each (27.27%). 2
cases each had consolidation and bronchiectasis and 1 case had
interlobular septal thickening (Table 5).
In this study sputum analysis were done in 16 patients out
of 26 cases. On gram’s staining of sputum mixed organism were
isolated in 7 cases (26.92%). Gram positive cocci were isolated
in 5 cases (19.23%) and gram-negative bacilli were found in 3
cases (11.58%). In this study two parameters have decreased
consistently over time and during subsequent follow-ups. They
are FEV 1/ FVC ratio and Delco. Other four parameters had no
relationship between pre-transplant values and follow-up at 1st
month and 3rd month. But they all had decreased at 6th month
follow-up in this study pulmonary complication appeared in 11
cases out of 26 cases (42.31%). Rest 15 cases (57.69%) had no
In this study overall pulmonary complications were found
to be 11 out of 26 cases (42.31%). Out of 11 complications, 4
were of infective ethology (15.38%) and 7 were of non-infective
ethology (26.93%). In this study there were 7 non-infectious
pulmonary complications l. Out of 7 cases most common noninfectious
complication was Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome
found in 3 cases (11.54%) followed by that of isolated decrease
in Delco elicited in 2 cases (7.69%). Diffuse alveolar haemorrhage and idiopathic pneumonia syndromes were found in 1 case each (3.85%) (Table 6). No cases with COP and DPTS were found. In this study, we had 4 cases who showed infective pulmonary complications out of 26 patients (15.38%). Out of 4 cases 2 cases had bacterial etiologist (50%) and other 2 had viral etiologist (50%). In the 2 cases with bacterial origin, both patients were male and organisms were streptococcus pneumonia and klebsiella pneumonia. In the 2 cases with viral origin, both patients were female, and organisms were cytomegalovirus and parvo virus. In this study it was clear that the most common time frame post transplantation for complications was phase-I when 6 out of 11 (54.55%) complications arise followed by phase-III when 4 complications (36.36%) were found. All 4 infectious complications happened during phase-I. Non-infectious complications were most common during phase-III.
It was found that different non-infectious complications had occurred in different phases. Most common time period for BOS was phase-III when 2 out of 3 cases developed. Other BOS case was found in phase-II. Both DAH and IPS had occurred in phase-I. Most common time frame for isolated decrease in Delco was phase-III when all 2 cases developed. In this study out of 26 cases 4 patients have died (15.38%). Out of 4 cases, 3 cases had non-infective ethology and 1 case had infective ethology. Out of non-infectious ethology IPS, BOS and DAH all were responsible for 1 case each and patients died on 10th, 201st and 4th post-transplant day respectively (Table 7). 1 death occurred due to infectious ethology (CMV pneumonia) who died on 8th post-transplant day. In this study, overall most complications occurred in patients with stage-III A (6 cases out of 11, 54.55%). 2nd most common stage where complications were found was stage – IIA (4 out of 11 cases, 36.36%). Non-infectious complications were most common in stage-III A (5 out of 11 cases, 45.46%). Infectious complications were most common in stage-II A (2 cases out of 11, 18.18%). Most common co-morbidity with pulmonary complications was Hypertension, 6 out of 11 cases (54.55%) followed by Diabetes Mellitus, 5 out of 11 cases (45.45%) (Table 8). For infectious complications most common comorbidity was hypertension, 3 cases (27.27%). For non-infectious complications most common co-morbidities were diabetes mellitus and COPD each with 4 cases (36.36%).
Both infectious and non-infectious pulmonary complications have been part and parcel of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation since the beginning of this procedure. In this longitudinal study we had taken 26 cases who had undergone autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, which is comparable to studies by F Patriarca  & Frederick Schlemmer  who had sample sizes of 40 and 39 cases respectively (Table 9). The smaller sample size because we had considered only multiple myeloma patients. Most of the patients belonged to the age group 50-59 years (53.85%) followed by age group 40-49 years (30.76%). Majority of our patients were male (69.24%) compared to females (30.76%) with male to female ratio of 2.25:1, which is in accordance with study by Frederic Schlemmer (M:F = 2.33:1) , F.Patriarca (M:F=2.25:1) , and E Sakaida (M:F=2.2: 1). The most common BMI group that had undergone transplantation in this study is >22.5 g /m2 (53.85%) which was also the most common group for females. For males the most common BMI group was 18.5-22.5kg/m2 (34.65%). In this study smokers constituted 34.62% of patients and all cases were male, which is more or less similar to the study by F Schlemmer  & F Patriarca . In this study pre-transplant spirometry values (mean) of FEV1, FVC and FEV1/FVC were 87±9.13, 76.73±10.89, 99.15±14.12 respectively. F Patriarca  had pre-transplant FEV1/FVC mean value as 83.7±8.2. Kenji Matsumoto  had pre-transplant mean value of FEV1 as 90±17. This study matches with the above studies. Post transplantation spirometry mean values in this study for FEV1 and FEV1/FVC at the end of 3 months were 87.13±8.02 and 93.09±10.02 respectively.
In the study of F Patriarca  mean values of FEV1/FVC at 3 months post transplantation was 85±6.5. Our study is more or less similar to their study. But, in the study of Kenji Matsumoto  mean values of FEV1 and FEV1/FVC at the end of 3 months were 93±16 and 102±12 respectively, which does not match with the above study. Lower values in our study may be due to higher average age of patients.In this study pulmonary complications were found in 42.31 % cases (Table 10), of which non-infectious complications constituted 26.93% and infectious complications constituted 15.38%. In similar studies like that of Kasem Sirithanakul , Kenji Matsumoto , F Patriarca , E Sakaida  all had pulmonary complications in the range of 40-60%. Pulmonary complications among males were 44.44% and among females were 37.5%. Males predominantly had non-infectious pulmonary complications (75%), whereas Females predominantly had infectious pulmonary complications (66.67%).
In the study by Zuhre Kaya  incidence of infectious complications (48.2%) were more in comparison to that of non-infectious complications (28.18%). Incidence of BOS in our study is 11.54%, among which 66.67% in phase-III and 33.33 % in phase-II and that is similar to that of all the studies by Kasem Sirithanakul (2-11%) , I Khurshid (2-14 %)  and Kenneth T. Yen (6-10%) . Similarly in this study incidence of IPS out of all cases is 3.85 % and all cases during phase-I (100 %), similar to the study Ayman O Soubani , where incidence of IPS was 5.8% in autologous cases and D.H.Lim  where overall incidence of IPS was 1.4%. DH Lim  had occurrence of IPS in phase-II and phase-III, 50% each. Kasem Sirithanakul  had occurrence of IPS around 3 week-3-month period. Ayman O Soubani  had occurrence of IPS around 42-49 days. In this study incidence of DAH with Pulmonary Enema is 3.85%, and this matches with the studies of Ayman O Soubani , DH Lim  & Ron Ben Abraham  were 5%, 2.1% and 4.3% respectively. In our study there is no incidence of COP. In studies by Freudenberger  and Ayman O Soubani  incidence of COP was 1% and 2% respectively which had occurred exclusively in allogenic transplantation cases (Table 11). Our study that includes only autologous cases matches with the descriptions of above studies.
this study incidence of bacterial pneumonia is 7.69% among which organisms responsible are Streptocoocus 50% and Klebsiella 50%. In the study of Catherine Cordorennier  they had H. Influenza 37.5% and streptococcus, pseudomonas, listeria and legionella each of 12.5%. Do H Lim  had found incidence of bacterial pneumonia to be 6.73% out of all cases. Our study matches with this study. In other studies, like that of Catherine Cordorennier  they had incidence of bacterial pneumonia, out of all pulmonary complications, as 19.51 %. Our study shows incidence of bacterial pneumonia out of all pulmonary complications to be around 18.18%. So, our study matches with the above study (Table 12). In this study incidence of viral pneumonia is 7.69% and the organisms causing viral pneumonia were CMV and parvovirus each comprising 3.85%. Do H Lim  had incidence of viral pneumonia as 2.44%. Our study does not match with their study higher incidence of viral pneumonia may be because of overall older age of our patients (Table 13). In their study KT Yen  had incidence of CMV pneumonia to be around 10% and Catherine Cordonnier  incidence of CMV pneumonia was 13%. There was no incidence of fungal pneumonia. In their studies, Do H Lim , Ayman O Soubani , Kasem Sirithanakul  had incidences of fungal pneumonia as 2.1%, 10% and 4% respectively. Our study does not match with their study because of low sample size (Table 14), autologous transplantation, maintaining a high degree of aseptic measures and avoidance of other risk factors like construction work near transplantation unit, storage facilities near ward etc. In this study stage-III A multiple myeloma patients had the greatest number of complications (23.07%) out of all cases followed by stage- IIA (15.38%). In this study most pulmonary complications were associated with co-morbidity like hypertension and diabetes 6 cases and 5 cases respectively out of all patients (Table 15). 4 complications were associated with pre-existing COPD out of which 3 had non-infectious pulmonary complications.
The present study concludes that BMT is an effective and promising therapeutic tool for a number of haematological malignant and non-malignant conditions. Its success however is often limited by the high incidences of complications especially those related to pulmonary systems. Pulmonary complications include both infectious and non-infectious pulmonary complications. Non-infectious complications remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Many of these complications are seen in recipients of autologous transplant and they likely result from shared toxicities of administered chemotherapy. In addition, infectious pulmonary complications may happen as a complication of immunosuppressive agents. A better selection of patients, the use of the least toxic conditioning regimen, early recognition and treatment of infectious and non-infectious complications along with future efforts focusing on understanding mechanism of lung injury and developing effective preventive and therapeutic strategy may prevent severe form of pulmonary complications.
Short follow-up period which may cause less detection of non-infectious complications like ‘BOS’ and ‘isolated decrease in Delco’. More number of cases might had been detected if bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage fluid collection was carried out in suspected cases of infectious complications. In our study only autologous HSCT were carried out and only Multiple Myeloma cases were included.
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