Introduction to Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

  • Andrew R. Rezvani
  • H. Joachim Deeg


Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is a widely used treatment modality for malignant and nonmalignant hematologic diseases. Both autologous and allogeneic HCT produce substantial periods of immunosuppression and predispose recipients to a variety of common and opportunistic infections. In allogeneic HCT recipients, the development of chronic graft-vs.-host disease, which can persist for years, leads to long-lasting immunocompromise. Infection is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in HCT recipients. This chapter reviews the basic principles of HCT, with a focus on the effects of transplantation on the immune system and on the process of immune reconstitution after HCT.


Allogeneic Hematopoietic Transplantation Bone marrow transplantation Graft-vs.-host disease Hematologic malignancy 



This work was supported in part by grants CA018105 and CA087948 from the US National Institutes of Health and by Mentored Research Scholar Grant 12-162-01-LIB from the American Cancer Society.


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  1. 1.Division of Blood and Marrow TransplantationStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Clinical Research DivisionFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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