cardiotoxicity after bone marrow transplantation

Patients and Methods:-Study Design:-Patients and Control:-The study was conducted in the bone marrow transplantation unit (department of clinical hematology at Ain Shams university hospital) during a period from June 2015 to August 2016.Participants were grouped into:-Group (1): included 100 patients with lymphoproliferative disorders who underwent BMT in our unit, 79 patients underwent autologus transplant and 21 underwent allogeneic transplant, 30 patients with NHL, 10 patients with HD, 39 patients with multiple myeloma and 21 patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.Group (2) (healthy control group): included participants without known cardiovascular disease, hypertension or DM. They were matched 1:1 based on age, sex, blood pressure and surface area with the cases.Group (3) (positive control): 50 patients with lymphoproliferative disorders who received chemotherapy without undergoing BMT. They included 25 males and 25 females, 46% had MM, 42% had NHL and 12% had HD.Informed consents were obtained from all participants. The study was conducted in accordance with the stipulations of the local ethical and scientific committees of Ain Shams University and the procedures respected the ethical standards in Helsinki declaration of 1964.Methods:-All patients were subjected to full history and physical examination including thepresence of B-symptoms like weight loss, fever, drenching sweats and pruritis, anemic manifestations or bleeding or the presence of bone fractures and the presence of lymphadenopathies or hepatosplenomegaly.To confirm the diagnosis of NHL and HD:-? Excision lymph node biopsy for fresh frozen and formaline-fixed samples for histopathological assessment.? Immunohistochemistry for B-cell markers like CD20,CD19,CD79a,CD10 and T-cell markers like CD3,CD4,CD8,CD7,CD5,CD2 , markers of immature lymphoblast like TdT, immunoglobulin Kappa and Lambda light chain restriction and for CD15 and CD30 for characterization of Reed-Sternberg cells.? Chest X-ray, contrast-enhanced CT scans of the neck, chest and pelviabdomen.? Baseline, interim and end of therapy PET was carried out whenever available for staging and response assessment.Bone marrow aspiration and trephine biopsy.? Cytogenetic analysis using conventional cytogenetics and FISH for certain specific chromosomal abnormalities.? Staging is carried out according to Ann-Arbor staging system Examination.? Cerebrospinal fluid and triple intrathecal chemotherapy prophylaxis was given to certain patients like: (1): patients with DLBCL with bone marrow, testicular, paranasal and epidural involvement. (2): lymphoblastic lymphoma. (3): primary CNS lymphoma.? Upper GI endoscopy in those with suspected GI involvement eg. Mantle cell lymphoma.To confirm the diagnosis of multiple myeloma:-? Complete blood counts and serum chemistries especially for serum calcium, serum creatinine to detect CRAB features.? Detection of monoclonal M-protein in the serum and urine by serum protein electrophoresis.? Characterization of heavy and light chains in the serum and urine sample by immunofixation.? Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy to evaluate the percentage of plasma cells.? Conventional chromosomal analysis and FISH for high-risk myeloma like t(4;14), (14;16) and 17p.? Skeletal survey for evaluation of lytic bone lesions using X-ray of spine, skull, pelvis, humerus and femur.? MRI to evaluate symptomatic bony sites even if skeletal survey is negative or in case of spinal cord compression.? Serum free light chains and Kappa/Lambda ratio for the detection of stringent CR whenever possible.To confirm the diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia:-? Complete blood count and differential for the detection of peripheral blasts.? Bone marrow aspiration and trephine biopsy for the detection of the percentage of blast cells.? Immunophenotyping for lymphoid and myeloid markers.? Conventional cytogenetics and FISH for Philadelphia chromosome.? CT scans for the neck, chest and pelviabdomen.? CSF examination and triple intrathecal chemotherapy for prophylaxis and/or therapy in case of CNS involvement.Patients who underwent autologus transplant were subjected to:-? Complete blood count using (LH Beckman coulter).? Serum chemistries including liver and renal function tests (AU 680 chemistry autoanalayzer).? Viral markers for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV using Rosh diagnostics and performed by copus instruments.? Polymerse chain reaction (PCR) for CMV using kits supplied by Qiagen and performed by rotor gene instrument for automated real time PCR.? Serology for herpes simplex (HSV), Toxoplasma and Ebstein Bar virus (EBV).? Pulmonary function tests.? Renal scan.? Electrocardiogram and echocardiography.? Mobilization was done using different regimens ranging from G-CSF alone to G-CSF and cyclophosphamide or other chemotherapeutic regimen depending on the specific disease.? Conditioning regimens: for patients with MM high dose melphalan 200mg/m2 on day -2, for patients with NHL and HD they received a conditioning regimens consisted of cyclophosphamide 60mg/kg/d -3 and -2, etoposide 15mg/kg/d -3 and -2, carboplatin 400mg/m2 -3 and -2.In addition, patients undergoing allogeneic transplant are subjected to:-? Donors received (after informed consent) 4 days of treatment with SC G-CSF (10ug/kg/d) before stem cells were collected.? Mononuclear cells were isolated using a Cobe Spectra separator (Lakewood, Co, USA).? The number of CD34 cells transfused was calculated using flowcytometric analysis.? GVHD prophylaxis consisted of cyclosporine and methotrexate.? Engraftment was defined as absolute neutrophilic count of more than 500 for three consecutive days.? Chimerism analysis by variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) was done at +28 and +56 after transplant.Conditioning regimen consisted of TBI 2.5GY days -7 to -4 /Cyclophosphamide 60mg/kg days -3 and -2, TBI 2.5 GY days -7 to -4 /etoposide 60mg/kg d-3, Fludarabine 30mg/m2 days -6 to -2 /oral Busulfan 1mg/kg/6hours days -6 to -3.All patients in both autologus and allogeneic transplant were treated using the same anti-infectious and transfusion policy of our transplant center.Transthoracic echocardiography:-? All patients were evaluated during transplant in case of occurrence of any minor or major cardiac events according to the international guidelines recommended by ACC and AHA.? Transthoracic echocardiograph was donebefore transplant and 6 months after transplant.? Transthoracic echocardiography was carried out using 2-4 MHz phased array transducer attached to a vivid S5 echocardiography machine by a cardiologist who was blinded to clinical details of each subject. Inter-observer variability was reduced by taking the mean of three reading during each echocardiography.? The following parameters were examined: left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (LVEDD) and left ventricular end-systolic diameter (LVESD), intraventricular end-diastolic diameter (IVSDD), posterior wall end-diastolic diameter (PWEDD), right ventricular end-diastolic diameter (RVEDD), left atrium diameter (LA) and aorta diameter (Ao). The systolic function was determined by left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) using M-mode and modified Simpson’s formula. Left ventricular diastolic function was evaluated with pulsed Doppler and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI). The following parameters of the diastolic function of left ventricle were determined: early filling velocity E wave (E) and A wave (A) of mitral inflow, Doppler-derived mitral deceleration time of early filling (DT), isovolumetric relaxation time (IVRT) and early diastolic velocity of mitral annulus wave (E0).Statistical analysis:-? All analyses of the present study were done using SPSS version 17 software.? Statistical presentation and analysis of the present study was conducted, using the mean, standard deviation, student t-test, chi square.? Data were expressed as mean value ± SD for continuous variables, and as percentages for categoric variables. In this study, statistical significance was established as follows: p?0.05 insignificant, p?0.05 significant, p?0.01 highly significant.? Comparisons between continuous variables were performed using the paired t-test or unpaired t-test. For comparisons of categorical variables, frequency tables and chi-square tests were used.The current standard for cardiac monitoring during cancer therapy is mainly based on LVEF assessment, but it can underestimate early potentially progressive cardiotoxicity, and preserved cardiac function is generally required for enrollment in clinical trials of high dose chemotherapy. This is commonly defined as LVEF>50% and no other significant cardiac disease.Many studies reported a significant association between pretransplant LVEF and cardiotoxicity. However, measurement of LVEF before high dose chemotherapy is not the only determinant factor as 2/3 major cardiac events reported in patients with normal LVEF2.In the current study, we found that the mean ejection fraction of cases after transplant is significantly reduced compared to the negative control group with highly statistically significant difference (P-value <0.001). Also, there is a highly statistically significant difference between ejection fraction in the initial echocardiography before therapy in all patients and the follow up echocardiography after either chemotherapy only in group III or transplanted patients in group I (P-value<0.001).A wide variety of conditioning regimens have been used prior to stem cell transplantation. Including, TBI-based regimens and high-dose cyclophosphamide, and cardiac toxicity has been associated mostly with the use of these regimens with a wide spectrum of incidence, manifestation and severity.HD cyclophosphamide-associated cardiac toxicity is thought to depend upon toxic endothelial damage followed by extravasation of toxic metabolites with resultant myocyte damage and interstitial hemorrhage and edema. HD cyclophosphamide-associated cardiotoxicity occurs during or soon after (within 3 weeks) administration. It is manifested clinically as acute or subacute onset of congestive heart failure (CHF) with pulmonary congestion, weight gain and oliguria. Pericardial effusion, in some cases with cardiac tamponade. Although HD cyclophosphamide-associated cardiac toxicity is potentially reversible, in patients who develop severe, progressive CHF, this complication may lead to death within few weeks2.In our study, we found that ejection fraction decline is higher in patients with a body surface area ?1.8 than those with a body surface area ?1.8 reflecting a higher dosage of chemotherapeutic agents used in those patients.In fact, optimal chemotherapy dosing in obese patients is one of the most controversial aspects of HD chemotherapy since obese patients have altered pharmacokinetics for many medications including chemotherapeutic agents when compared with the non-obese.Indeed, association of obesity with cardiac toxicity can be spotted throughout the literature. As a practical approach, reduction of HD cyclophosphamide dosage in patients whose actual BW exceeds by >20% of the IBW is a safety measure that doesn’t affect the efficacy of chemotherapy and minimizes the risk of toxicity2.In the current study, the ejection fraction decline was highly pronounced in older age groups compared to younger group with highly statistically significant difference (P-value 0.001). The ejection fraction decline was seen more in male cases compared to females (P-value 0.009).The comparison between autologus and allogeneic recipients is especially important. More pronounced cardiotoxic effects could be expected in allogeneic recipients as a result of a different spectrum of conditioning regimens, infectious complications and also an effect of GVHD.In our study, no difference was found between the incidence of EF decline and the type of transplant. However, the number of allo HSCT in this study is much fewer than the auto patients.Hernstein et al found that despite the speculation of higher incidence of cardiotoxic complications in patients undergoing allo-HSCT, a higher incidence heart failure was found in autologus recipients in their study. However, the number of autologus patients in their study was small4.There is a statistical significance between the decline in ejection fraction and the conditioning regimen used for the transplant with patients in the TBI-based regimens are more affected followed by patients who received high dose cyclophosphamide.Comparing TBI-based regimens to non-TBI regimens there is highly statistically significant difference between the decline in ejection fraction and the use of TBI (P-value 0.012).The epidemiology of RICVD is complicated by the continual improvements in radiation dosimetry and shielding that tend to reduce cardiovascular exposure and the latent effects of radiation, which takes years or decades to manifest.Several large studies have been published over the last few years that analyzed the outcome of RT administered between one and four decades ago.Radiation-induced pericarditis is the earliest form of RICVD to occur following mediastinal irradiation. It may occur in either of two forms, early and acute or delayed and chronic, which should be regarded from a histopathological standpoint as two distinct disease entities5.The risk of radiation-induced cardiomyopathy increases after 5 years, but it can evolve decades after initial RT6. Pathologically, RICM is characterized by inflammation followed by the development of a diffuse, patchy interstitial fibrosis of the myocardium and effacement of perimyocyte and endothelium7.More recently, researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute found a stepwise decrease in 30-year cumulative incidence of valvular heart disease (VHD) corresponding to diminishing doses of RT, from 12.4% at doses greater than 40 Gy to 3.0% at doses less than 30 Gy8.A large case control study of breast cancer survivors in Denmark and Sweden undertaken in 2013 found that the risk of a major CHD event begins to increase within the first 5 years post-treatment and continues to significantly exceed that of the general population through at least 20 years of follow-up. These patients experienced increased risk of angina pectoris, MI, and sudden cardiac death despite having been treated with a modest mean heart dose of 3.6 Gy RT between 1958 and 20019.Another large study of women in Denmark and Sweden (n =35000) comparing incidences of MI in breast cancer survivors observed an incidence ratio of 1.22 in patients undergoing left-sided vs right-sided RT10.In the current study 36.4% of lymphoma patients that underwent autologus transplant with cyclophosphamide-based regimens developed a decline in their LVEF. Previous reports showed that CY cardiotoxicity is correlated with the dose of CY is being higher in patients received 200 >120>100 mg/kg11.In a previous report, higher age, administration of cyclophosphamide and higher glucose concentrations represented independent risk factors for the worsening of left ventricular diastolic function12.Several methods were investigated to reduce anthracycline cardiotoxicity, most cardioprotective strategies are not in common clinical practice. Other approaches to mitigate the cardiotoxic impact of anthracyclines employ potentially cardioprotective medications, such as ACE inhibitors and beta blockers. Although promising data have been published recently, convincing evidence from large randomized and prospective trials is still needed3There are some limitations of our current analysis. First, this was a retrospective study from a single institution. Second, early CY-induced cardiotoxicity appears to be characterized by LV diastolic rather than systolic dysfunction.