Autologous stem cell transplantation in systemic sclerosis: a systematic review.
Lauren Host, Mandana Nikpour, Alicia Calderone, Paul Cannell, Janet Roddy
Clin Exp Rheumatol | Published : 2017
OBJECTIVES: Haematopoetic autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) has emerged as a treatment option for patients with refractory, severe autoimmune disease. This is a systematic review of the current literature on ASCT in adult patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: Original articles published between 2005 and 2016 that evaluated the use of ASCT in patients with SSc were reviewed with respect to the primary outcomes of overall and transplant related mortality (TRM) rates, and secondary outcomes of changes in modified Rodnan Skin Score (mRSS), forced vital capacity (FVC), progression/event free survival (P/EFS) and quality of life measures. We also focussed on patient characteri..View full abstract