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Clinical and MRI outcome after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in MS

Neurology. 2004 Jan 27;62(2):282-4
Saiz A, Blanco Y, Carreras E, Berenguer J, Rovira M, Pujol T, Marin P, Arbizu T, Graus F.
Services of Neurology, Hospital Clinic, Institut d'Investigacio Biomedica August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), University of Barcelona, Spain.

The authors report the outcome of 14 patients with severe multiple sclerosis treated with autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) after a median follow-up period of 3 years.

The 3-year actuarial probability of progression-free survival was 85.7% and that of disease activity-free survival was 46.4%.

On MRI, no T1-enhanced lesions were detected after AHSCT.

The mean change in T2 lesion volume from baseline to the third year was -20.2% and that of the corpus callosum area was -12.7%; 50% of this reduction was seen during the first year.