Author(s): De Castro N, Neuville S, Sarfati C, Ribaud P, Derouin F,
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Abstract Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) has become a rare opportunistic infection due to the efficacy of prophylactic regimens. We conducted a 6-year retrospective study at our institution. A total of 13 cases of PCP were diagnosed among 519 patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) (2.5\%). In three patients, PCP occurred within the first 5 months following HSCT. These severely immunocompromised patients were receiving prophylaxis and had concomitant aspergillosis that caused rapid death in two of them. In 10 other patients, PCP occurred a median of 14.5 months after HSCT. In all these patients, PCP prophylaxis had been discontinued, mainly because of the suspected bone-marrow toxicity of the prophylactic regimen. Median CD4+ T cell count was 131/microl at diagnosis. Seven of these 10 patients were receiving immunosuppressive therapy for chronic graft versus host disease and three had a relapse of their hematological malignancy. One patient died from PCP despite high doses of cotrimoxazole. We conclude that PCP is still occurring after allogeneic HSCT, mainly as a late complication in patients in whom PCP prophylaxis had been prematurely discontinued. Long-term PCP prophylaxis should be maintained in patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs, and in those with low CD4+ T cell counts or a relapse of their hematological malignancy.
This article was published in Bone Marrow Transplant
and referenced in Journal of Orthopedic Oncology