Thrombotic microangiopathy during peripheral blood stem cell mobilization

Harris V.K. Naina, Morie A. Gertz, Michelle A. Elliott

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Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (GCSF) is currently the most widely used cytokine for stem cell mobilization. There are few studies suggesting GCSF administration may induce activation of both coagulation and endothelial cells that could favor the developing of thrombotic events. We report a 58-year-old female with vasculitis and renal impairment. She was found to have an underlying monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance (MGUS). The monoclonal protein was felt to play a role in her underlying renal disease and peripheral neuropathy. She was considered a candidate for peripheral blood stem cell transplantation to manage the monoclonal protein. During stem cell mobilization with GCSF, she developed worsening of anemia; thrombocytopenia and worsening of renal function. She was diagnosed with thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) which was successfully treated with therapeutic plasma exchange and rituximab. It is possible that GCSF may have directly (activating endothelial cells) or indirectly (activation of underlying autoimmune disorder) contributed to TMA in this patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-261
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Apheresis
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009


  • Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
  • Monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance
  • Thrombotic microangiopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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