Venoocclusive disease due to chemotherapy for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia is associated with increased levels of plasminogen-activator inhibitor-1

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We describe three cases of sinusoidal obstruction syndrome/venoocclusive disease (SOS) in pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). All three episodes occurred during or just after the induction or reinduction phase of treatment based on prednisone/dexamethasone, vincristine, daunorubicin, and pegylated-l-asparaginase. SOS episodes were categorized as mild/moderate and resolved in 7, 10, and 16 days using supportive measures or defibrotide therapy. In all three episodes, the clinical diagnosis of SOS was associated with a significant increase in plasminogen-activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) that reduced with patient clinical improvement. PAI-1 warrants study as a diagnostic marker for SOS in ALL.

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