Role of Laboratory in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

  • Dinesh ChandraEmail author
  • Ruchi Gupta


Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is considered as the standard of care for numerous hematological malignancies. A successful HSCT requires the support of a good clinical laboratory which performs various routine clinical tests as well as transplantation specific investigations. While a transplantation-specific laboratory should be well equipped and have the infrastructure for performing investigations pertaining to tissue typing, CD34 enumeration by flow cytometry, assessment of graft viability/rejection, evaluation of minimal residual disease, and measurement of immunosuppressive drugs; the importance of the routine clinical laboratory tests like biochemical, hematological, serological, urinary, and microbiological examinations too cannot be undermined in a transplant setup. The clinical laboratory monitoring is important at each step and contributes to an early diagnosis, monitoring, and thereby enhancing prevention and treatment of the complications or adverse events. It is essential to provide information regarding engraftment, chimerism, diagnosing infections, veno-occlusive disease, therapy-related toxicities, graft versus host disease, and thrombotic microangiopathy which are the major causes of mortality and morbidity in HSCT. In this chapter, the importance of a laboratory in different facets of HSCT will be discussed.


Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation HLA typing Chimerism CD34+ cell enumeration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HematologySanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical SciencesLucknowIndia

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