Immunoparesis status in immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis at diagnosis affects response and survival by regimen type

Eli Muchtar, Angela Dispenzieri, Shaji K. Kumar, David Dingli, Martha Q. Lacy, Francis K. Buadi, Suzanne R. Hayman, Prashant Kapoor, Nelson Leung, Rajshekhar Chakraborty, Stephen Russell, John A. Lust, Yi Lin, Ronald S. Go, Steven Zeldenrust, Robert A. Kyle, S. Vincent Rajkumar, Morie A. Gertz

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Clinical tools to guide in the appropriate treatment selection in immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloidosis are not well developed. We evaluated the response and outcome for various regimens at first-line treatment (n=681) and first progression (n=240) stratified by the immunoparesis status at diagnosis. Immunoparesis was assessed by the average relative difference of the uninvolved immunoglobulins, classifying patients into a negative average relative difference (i.e. significant immunoparesis) or a positive average relative difference (no/modest immunoparesis). Treatment was categorized as autologous stem cell transplant and four non-transplant regimens (melphalan- based; bortezomib-based, immunomodulatory drug-based and dexamethasone alone). Patients with significant immunoparesis who underwent stem cell transplant had a significantly lower rate of very good partial response or better response (58%), progression-free survival (median 30 months) and overall survival (108 months), compared to those without significant immunoparesis (80%, 127 months, median not reached, respectively; P<0.001 for all comparisons). Among the nontransplant regimens, melphalan resulted in an unfavorable progressionfree survival (11 vs. 27 months; P<0.001) and overall survival (30 vs. 74 months; P=0.001) in patients with significant immunoparesis compared to those without significant immunoparesis. In contrast, no significant difference in outcomes between the immunoparesis groups was seen for those treated with bortezomib or immunomodulatory drugs. At first progression, immunoparesis status did not impact response or survival of any regimen. Melphalan at first-line provided poorer outcomes for patients with significant immunoparesis, while bortezomib or immunomodulatory drugs were more likely to overcome the adverse prognosis associated with significant immunoparesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1102-1109
Number of pages8
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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