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The Effect of Dexrazoxane for Clinical and Subclinical Cardiotoxicity in Children With Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Sánchez-Medina, Jerónimo MD*; Gonzalez-Ramella, Oscar PhD; Gallegos-Castorena, Sergio MD

Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: May 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 4 - p 294-297
doi: 10.1097/MPH.0b013e3181d321b3
Original Articles

Cardiotoxicity is frequently present with anthracycline treatment. Most acute myeloid leukemia (AML) protocols use anthracyclines. Dexrazoxane has cardioprotective activity. The aim of this study was to evaluate cardioprotection of dexrazoxane in a prospective study. Fifty pediatric AML patients were treated with a Medical Research Council AML 10 modified protocol with dexrazoxane previous to any anthracycline dose. Cardiac function was evaluated at diagnosis, before every cycle, and every 6 months after the end of chemotherapy. Accumulative doses of anthracycline reached 424 mg/m2 (150 to 850 mg/m2). Forty-eight patients (96%) received a dose higher than 300 mg/m2. Twenty-eight percent had a grade of cardiotoxicity (24% grade 1 and 4% grade 2). Non 3 or 4 grade cardiotoxicity was seen. Cumulated anthracycline doses did not correlated with cardiotoxicity (P=0.815). The event-free survival was 53%, 15.7% died of disease, and 11.8% died free of leukemia. There is still not an agreement for the optimal method to reduce cardiotoxicity in children receiving anthracyclines. In our study, we could conclude that the use of dexrazoxane was effective cardioprotectant to allow a high-dose of anthracycline therapy. A randomized study is necessary to consolidate this asseveration.

*Department of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Hospital Infantil De México Federico Gómez, México, DF

Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Hospital Civil De Guadalajara Juan I. Menchaca, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

No funds were received for this investigation.

Reprints: Gallegos-Castorena, Sergio, MD, Departamento De Hematología y Oncología Pediátrica, Hospital Civil De Guadalajara Dr Juan I, Menchaca, Salvador Quevedo y Zubieta 750, Colonia Independencia, Guadalajara Jalisco, México CP 44340 (e-mail:

Received for publication May 7, 2009; accepted January 4, 2010

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.