Impact of body mass index on pulmonary complications in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma treated with hematopoietic stem cell transplant

Chi Lin, Jeffmin Lin, Mark Stavas, Sicong Li, Kerry J. Canady, Debra J. Romberger, Fausto R. Loberiza

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The objective of this study was to examine the association between body mass index (BMI) and the incidence of pulmonary complications (PCs) after hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HCT). We reviewed 398 adult patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) who received autologous or allogeneic HCT between 1993 and 1997. BMI was classified as normal (18.5 < BMI ≤ 24.9), overweight (24.9 < BMI ≤ 30) and obese (BMI > 30). Multivariate logistic regression was used to analyze the relationship between BMI and presence of PCs within 100 days post-HCT while adjusting for patient-, disease-and transplant-related variables. The incidence of PCs within 100 days post-HCT was 32% (n = 129). Median BMI was 25.4 (range: 18.6-52.2). Median age was 48.8 years (range: 19.5-73.6 years). Multivariate analysis failed to show significant association between BMI and PCs. However, a total body irradiation (TBI)-based conditioning regimen was associated with lower rate of PCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3058-3064
Number of pages7
JournalLeukemia and Lymphoma
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2 2015



  • Body mass index
  • pulmonary complications
  • transplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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