Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Diseases

Section IX: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Diseases

Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Volume 14, Issue 1, Supplement 1, January 2008, Pages 73-80

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Diseases

Morton J. Cowan1, Corresponding Author Contact Information, E-mail The Corresponding Author, Benedicte Neven2, M. Cavazanna-Calvo2, A. Fischer2 and Jennifer Puck3
1Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Division, UCSF Children’s Hospital, San Francisco, California
2Service d’Immuno-Hématologie pédiatrique, Hôpital Necker-Enfants-Malades and Laboratoire INSERM U768, Paris, France
3Division of Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, UCSF Children’s Hospital, San Francisco, California

Available online 24 December 2007.


Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative option for most children with severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID). Survival for SCID following HSCT has significantly improved over the past several decades, and ranges from 70% to 95% depending on the clinical condition of the child at the time of transplant, the availability of an HLA-matched sibling donor, and the SCID genotype/phenotype. In this article we will review the types of SCID and discuss the critical HSCT issues that confront us today, including the optimal source of donor cells when an HLA-matched sibling is not available, as well as the pros and cons of using conditioning therapy pretransplant. As SCID children have been followed for several decades, it is becoming apparent that long-term outcome and durable T and B cell immune reconstitution are quite variable depending on the initial treatment and source of donor cells. Finally, the development of methods to improve the early diagnosis of SCID along with designing prospective trials to evaluate the best approaches to curing these diseases with minimal toxicity are critical to improving outcomes for children with SCID.

Key Words: Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID); Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Immune reconstitution; Newborn screening; Public health; Primary immunodeficiency; Genetic disease; Early diagnosis

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