EBMT 2018 | Challenges in the management of idiopathic aplastic anemia

Regis Peffault de Latour

Régis Peffault de Latour, MD, PhD, from Saint Louis Hospital, Paris, France, discusses the main challenges in managing patients with idiopathic aplastic anemia. He identifies three key challenges, including the place of receptor agonists, transplantation in elderly patients, and upfront match-unrelated transplantation in the pediatric population. Dr Peffault de Latour highlights the numerous studies being conducted worldwide in order to overcome the transplantation problems in these populations. This interview was recorded at the 2018 European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

Transcript (edited for clarity):

At the moment there are three main challenges in idiopathic aplastic anemia; the place of receptor agonists, transplantations in older people and match unrelated transplantation upfront in pediatric patients. Tomorrow we will have a nice overview during the talk in the afternoon with three main speakers inlcuding Carlo Dufour, our chair, who will discuss upfront match unrelated transplantations in kids which is risky but can quickly cure these patients and US speaker Danielle Townsley who will speak largely about eltrombopag and how we can improve the response for patients who are not eligible for transplants. Finally, we have a speaker coming from King’s, UK, Dr. Potter, who will speak about transplantation in older age and will show some nice data suggesting that transplantation is going further and further and is something that is possible for the people.

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