Burden of illness among patients with severe aplastic anemia who have had insufficient response to immunosuppressive therapy: a multicenter retrospective chart review study

Annals of Hematology, 2020

This study assessed treatment patterns and healthcare resource utilization (HRU) of patients with severe aplastic anemia (SAA) with insufficient response to immunosuppressive therapy (IST). A retrospective chart review was conducted at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), United States, and Hôpital Saint-Louis (HSL), France. Eligible patients were ≥ 18 years old, diagnosed with acquired SAA between January 1, 2006, and July 31, 2016, had insufficient response to IST, and had ≥ 12 months of follow-up post-diagnosis. Overall survival (OS) was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method. Among the 40 patients, mean age at diagnosis was 44 years and 53% were women. Median follow-up time after SAA diagnosis was 48.3 months. Ninety-five percent of patients received antithymocyte globulin (ATG) as primary therapy prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). Most common secondary SAA therapies prior to HSCT were eltrombopag (28%) and androgens (15%). Seventy-five percent of patients received HSCT. Prior to HSCT, patients received an average of 2.7 red blood cell (RBC) and 3.3 platelet transfusions per month; patients had 0.9 hospitalizations, 0.4 emergency room visits, and 12.8 office visits per year. Five-year OS was 75%, with infection as the primary cause of death. Additionally, this study provides information on the subgroup of patients receiving eltrombopag which was the most common secondary therapy. This study quantified transfusion and HRU burden associated with SAA and demonstrated high 5-year survival in a recently treated cohort.

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Peffault de Latour R, Huynh L, Ivanova JI, Totev T, Bilginsoy M, Antin J, Roy A, Duh MS