Nationwide survey of systemic chronic active EBV infection in Japan in accordance with the new WHO classification

Ichiro Yonese, Chizuko Sakashita, Ken Ichi Imadome, Tohru Kobayashi, Masahide Yamamoto, Akihisa Sawada, Yoshinori Ito, Noriko Fukuhara, Asao Hirose, Yusuke Takeda, Masanori Makita, Tomoyuki Endo, Shun Ichi Kimura, Masataka Ishimura, Osamu Miura, Shouichi Ohga, Hiroshi Kimura, Shigeyoshi Fujiwara, Ayako Arai

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Systemic chronic active Epstein-Barr virus infection (sCAEBV) was defined as a T-or NK-cell neoplasm in the 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) classification. To clarify the clinical features of sCAEBV under this classification and review the effects of chemotherapy, we performed a nationwide survey in Japan from 2016 through 2018 of patients with sCAEBV newly diagnosed from January 2003 through March 2016. One hundred cases were evaluated. The patients were aged 1 to 78 years (median, 21) and included 53 males and 47 females. Spontaneous regression was not observed in patients with active disease. In the childhoodonset group (age, ,9 years), 78% of the patients were male. In contrast, 85% of the patients in the elderly-onset group (age, .45 years) were female. The prognosis of the childhood-onset group was better than those of the adolescent/adult- A nd elderly-onset groups. The main chemotherapies used were a combination of cyclosporine A, steroids, and etoposide (cooling therapy) in 52 cases and cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone (CHOP) in 45 cases. The rate of complete response (CR), defined as complete resolution of disease activity, was 17% for cooling therapy and 13% for CHOP. Virological CR was not observed. The 3-year overall survival rates in patients treated with chemotherapy only (n 5 20), chemotherapy followed by allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT; n 5 47), and allo-HSCT only (n 5 12) were 0%, 65%, and 82%, respectively. Distinct characteristics were observed between childhood- A nd elderly-onset sCAEBV, and they appeared to be different disorders. Chemotherapy is currently insufficient to resolve disease activity and eradicate infected cells. The development of an effective treatment is urgently needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2918-2926
Number of pages9
JournalBlood Advances
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jul 14 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hematology


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