Study: Pediatric Readmission Rate 2X Higher After Stem Cell Transplant From Donor

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Pediatric patients who received a stem cell transplant using donated stem cells had a readmission rate twice that of patients who received their own cells, according to a study that will be presented at the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology annual meeting.

The records of 129 pediatric patients who received a stem cell transplant between 2008 and 2011 were reviewed. Of these patients, 64 percent were readmitted within 180 days of the procedure.

The source of the transplanted cells was found to be linked to readmission rates— of the patients who received cells from a donor, 79 percent were readmitted at least once within six months. Of those who received their own cells, 38 percent were readmitted.

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