Author(s): Stroncek DF, Dittmar K, Shawker T, Heatherman A, Leitman SF
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Abstract The administration of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) to peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC) donors causes spleen length to increase, but the duration of enlargement is not known. Eighteen healthy subjects were given 10 microg/kg of G-CSF for 5 days and a PBSC concentrate was collected by apheresis. Ultrasound scans were used to assess craniocaudal spleen length before and after G-CSF administration. Mean spleen length increased from a baseline length of 10.7 +/- 1.3 cm to 12.1 +/- 1.2 cm on the apheresis day (p < 0.001). Ten days after apheresis, spleen length fell to 10.5 +/- 1.2 cm and did not differ from baseline levels (p = 0.57), but in 3 subjects remained 0.5 cm greater than baseline length. Increases in spleen length in PBPC donors are transient and reversible.
This article was published in J Transl Med
and referenced in Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy