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Chemotherapy Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 858590, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Bone Loss after Allogeneic Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Pilot Study on the Use of Zoledronic Acid

1Medical Department III, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Campus Großhadern, 81377 Munich, Germany
2Department of Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Campus Großhadern, 81377 Munich, Germany

Received 19 December 2011; Accepted 7 February 2012

Academic Editor: Piero Picci

Copyright © 2012 Andreas Hausmann et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. Bone loss is a common phenomenon following allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). The study aimed on tolerance and efficacy of zoledronic acid (ZA) in patients after allo-HSCT. Methods. 40 patients’ with osteoporosis or osteopenia were recruited on this phase II study. ZA was given at a dose of 4 mg IV every 3 months for 2 years (yrs). BMD was determined by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (LS lumbar spine, FH femur hip). Patients were evaluated for deoxypyridinoline (Dpd) and calcium excretion by longitudinal measurements. Results. 36 patients who had received at least 3 doses of ZA were evaluable. 26 patients had at least two BMD measurements since baseline (BMD group). Among these patients, BMD increased from 0.97±0.15 to 1.10±0.18 g/cm² (LS baseline—2 yrs, Δ+11.6±6.0%, P<0.001) and from 0.82±0.10 to 0.91±0.10 g/cm² (FH baseline—2 yrs, Δ+7.5±7.0%, P<0.001). Factors associated with an increase in BMD were younger age, female donor sex, and immunosuppression with CSA/MTX. Conclusion. ZA was generally well tolerated; it increases BMD and reduces Dpd excretion significantly in patients with bone loss after allo-HSCT.