for people ages 6 months to 34 years (full criteria)
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Theodore B Moore, MD (ucla)



This is a follow-up trial to NYMC 526 (NCT01461837) to assess the safety, efficacy and toxicity of administering Defibrotide prophylaxis for high-risk sickle cell or beta thalassemia patients undergoing a familial haploidentical allogeneic stem cell transplantation with CD34 enrichment and T-cell addback. This patient population historically has a risk of developing sinusoidal obstructive syndrome (SOS) and Defibrotide has demonstrated efficacy in treatment of SOS. The Funding Source is FDA OOPD.

Official Title

Safety and Efficacy of Prophylactic Defibrotide in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults With Sickle Cell Disease or Beta Thalassemia Following MAC and Haploidentical Stem Cell Transplantation Utilizing CD34 Enrichment and T-Cell (CD3) Addback


Sickle Cell Disease, stem cell transplantation, haploidentical, defibrotide, Sickle Cell Anemia, Defibrotide prophylaxis


You can join if…

Open to people ages 6 months to 34 years

  • Disease: Homozygous Hemoglobin S Disease, or Hemoglobin S B0/+ thalassemia, or Hemoglobin SC Disease, or Beta thalassemia intermedia/majora
  • Patients must demonstrate one or more of the following Sickle Cell Disease Complications (or patients in Cohort 2 can meet other high risk criteria instead)
  • Clinically significant neurologic event (stroke) or any neurologic deficit lasting >24 hours that is accompanied by an infarct on cerebral MRI
  • Acute chest syndrome in the preceding two year period prior to enrollment that have failed, been non-compliant or declined hydroxyurea treatment, or prior to chronic RBC transfusion therapy, exchange transfusion or erythrocyte pheresis.
  • Recurrent painful events (at least 3 in the 2 years prior to enrollment or prior to chronic chronic RBC transfusion therapy, exchange transfusion or erythrocyte pheresis).
  • Abnormal TCD study requiring starting on chronic transfusion therapy and/or exchange transfusions.
  • At least one silent infarct lesion on a MRI scan of the head. Or (directly or probably related to SCD)
  • Sickle Cell nephropathy;
  • Splenic sequestration requiring RBC transfusion;
  • Aplastic crisis requiring RBC transfusion;
  • Avascular necrosis of the hip diagnosed by MRI;
  • Two episodes or more of leg ulcerations;
  • Recurrent priapism .
  • Infant dactylitis.
  • OR for Cohort #2 ONLY: Patient must be between 18 and 34.99 years of age, patients must demonstrate at least two of the following:
  • WBC > 13,500 cells/microliter at baseline when not acutely ill (on two separate occasions) > 2 weeks from a VOC event or hospitalization.
  • Tricuspid Regurgitant Jet Velocity (TRV) > 3.0 m/s
  • Requiring Chronic Monthly Transfusions ( > 12 transfusions in the 12 months)
  • History of sepsis
  • N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) > 160 ng/L at clinical baseline when not acutely ill or hospitalized.
  • all patients must meet disease, age, organ function and donor criteria;

You CAN'T join if...

  • Patients who are receiving concomitant systemic anticoagulants and/or fibrinolytic therapies.
  • Patients with a previously known hypersensitivity reaction to defibrotide.
  • Females who are pregnant or breast-feeding are not eligible
  • SCD Patients with documented uncontrolled infection at the time of study entry are not eligible.
  • SCD patients who have an unaffected HLA matched family donor willing to proceed to donation will not be eligible for this study.
  • Karnofsky or Lansky (age appropriate) Performance Score <50% (hemiplegia alone secondary to a previous stroke is not an exclusion)
  • Demonstrated lack of compliance with medical care.
  • Patients with clinically significant fibrosis or cirrhosis of the liver will not be eligible.
  • Patients who have previously received a HSCT will not be eligible.
  • Patients with contraindications to the use of defibrotide


  • University of California Los Angeles accepting new patients
    Los Angeles California 90095 United States
  • Medical College of Wisconsin accepting new patients
    Milwaukee Wisconsin 53226 United States

Lead Scientist at UC Cancer


accepting new patients
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New York Medical College
Phase 2 research study
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Expecting 40 study participants
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