Sequential renal and bone marrow transplants in a child with Fanconi anemia

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FA is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by small stature and renal abnormalities. FA can lead to progressive bone marrow failure, myelodysplastic syndrome, or acute leukemia. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, we managed a 3-yr-old boy with FA who simultaneously developed renal and hematopoietic failure. Because renal function was insufficient to support the conditioning regimen for HCT, we performed a deceased donor renal transplant in December 2012 prior to HCT with the known risk of graft-versus-graft rejection of the donor kidney. Seven months later he underwent allogeneic HCT. He obtained myeloid engraftment on day +11 and peripheral blood chimerism demonstrated all donor by day +21. He developed asymptomatic CMV reactivation and despite antirejection medications, mild skin graft-versus-host disease. He has maintained excellent renal function and remains transfusion independent with full hematopoietic recovery. He has not experienced any renal rejection episodes nor developed donor-specific antibodies toward his renal donor. Peripheral blood chimerism remains completely HCT donor. He is clinically well, now greater than two and a half yr after renal transplant and two yr after HCT. The continuing close collaboration between the Pediatric Nephrology and Bone Marrow Transplant teams is a major factor in this successful outcome.

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