Human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (rHuG-CSF) for treatment of neutropenia in Shwachman syndrome

A. Ventura, D. Dragovich, P. Luxardo, G. Zanazzo

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Abstract

We report a boy affected by Shwachman syndrome (SS) who presented severe neutropenia and frequent suppurative infections, which we treated successfully with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (rHuG-CSF). Daily injections of 7.5 μg/kg/day significantly increased the absolute neutrophil count and he was free from infections. In order to avoid the risk of side effects and to improve the child's quality of life, we intermittently administered lower doses of rHuG-CSF. A weekly dose of 2 μg/kg/day was able to maintain the absolute neutrophil count high enough (0.58-1.2 x 109/L) to prevent suppurative infections. During the follow-up period (2.5 years) we tried suspending rHuG-CSF twice, but the absolute neutrophil count (0.18-0.31 x 109/L) fell significantly and suppurative infections reoccurred (otitis, perianal abscess). rHuG-CSF may be a useful therapeutic agent in patients with symptomatic neutropenia in SS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-229
Number of pages3
JournalHaematologica
Volume80
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor
Neutropenia
Neutrophils
Infection
Otitis
Proxy
Therapeutics
Abscess
Quality of Life
Injections
Shwachman syndrome

Keywords

  • granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (rHuG-CSF)
  • neutropenia
  • pancreatic failure
  • Shwachman syndrome

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  • Hematology

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Human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (rHuG-CSF) for treatment of neutropenia in Shwachman syndrome. / Ventura, A.; Dragovich, D.; Luxardo, P.; Zanazzo, G.

In: Haematologica, Vol. 80, No. 3, 1995, p. 227-229.

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