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See detailDual-tracer PET/CT scan after injection of combined [ 18 F]NaF and [ 18 F]FDG outperforms MRI in the detection of myeloma lesions
WITHOFS, Nadia ULiege; Beguin, Yves ULiege; COUSIN, François ULiege et al

in Hematological Oncology (2019), 37

The detection rates of whole-body combined [ 18 F]NaF/[ 18 F]FDG positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography (PET/CT), CT alone, whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (WB-MRI), and X ... [more ▼]

The detection rates of whole-body combined [ 18 F]NaF/[ 18 F]FDG positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography (PET/CT), CT alone, whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (WB-MRI), and X-ray were prospectively studied in patients with treatment-requiring plasma cell disorders The detection rates of imaging techniques were compared, and focal lesions were classified according to their anatomic location. Twenty-six out of 30 initially included patients were assessable. The number of focal lesions detected in newly diagnosed patients (n = 13) and in relapsed patients (n = 13) were 296 and 234, respectively. The detection rate of PET/CT was significantly higher than those of WB-MRI (P < 0.05) and CT (P < 0.0001) both in patients with newly diagnosed and in those with relapsed multiple myeloma (MM). The X-ray detection rate was significantly lower than those of all other techniques, while CT detected more lesions compared with WB-MRI at diagnosis (P = 0.025). With regard to the infiltration patters, relapsed patients presented more diffuse patterns, and more focal lesions located in the limbs compared with newly diagnosed patients. In conclusion, the detection rate of [ 18 F]NaF/[ 18 F]FDG PET/CT was significantly higher than those of CT, MRI, and X-ray, while the detection rate of X-rays was significantly lower than those of all other imaging techniques except for focal lesions located in the skull. © 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailNouveautes dans la prise en charge du myelome.
Vrancken, Louise; Muller, Joséphine ULiege; Lejeune, Margaux ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2018), 14(615), 1438-1442

Multiple myeloma is the second most frequent hematological malignancy. Unfortunately, it is still incurable. A better understanding of the myeloma pathophysiology favored the development of new ... [more ▼]

Multiple myeloma is the second most frequent hematological malignancy. Unfortunately, it is still incurable. A better understanding of the myeloma pathophysiology favored the development of new therapeutic molecules that improved both survival and quality of life of patients. Diagnostic and prognostic criteria for myeloma have been reviewed and help to detect multiple myeloma more early and further help to define the best therapeutic strategy. These new regimens are associated with side effects that differ from those of classic molecules and that we have to be able to recognize and to treat appropriately. [less ▲]

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See detailA First Report on [(18)F]FPRGD2 PET/CT Imaging in Multiple Myeloma.
WITHOFS, Nadia ULiege; COUSIN, François ULiege; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULiege et al

in Contrast Media and Molecular Imaging (2017), 2017

An observational study was set up to assess the feasibility of [(18)F]FPRGD2 PET/CT for imaging patients with multiple myeloma (MM) and to compare its detection rate with low dose CT alone and combined ... [more ▼]

An observational study was set up to assess the feasibility of [(18)F]FPRGD2 PET/CT for imaging patients with multiple myeloma (MM) and to compare its detection rate with low dose CT alone and combined [(18)F]NaF/[(18)F]FDG PET/CT images. Four patients (2 newly diagnosed patients and 2 with relapsed MM) were included and underwent whole-body PET/CT after injection of [(18)F]FPRGD2. The obtained images were compared with results of low dose CT and already available results of a combined [(18)F]NaF/[(18)F]FDG PET/CT. In total, 81 focal lesions (FLs) were detected with PET/CT and an underlying bone destruction or fracture was seen in 72 (89%) or 8 (10%) FLs, respectively. Fewer FLs (54%) were detected by [(18)F]FPRGD2 PET/CT compared to low dose CT (98%) or [(18)F]NaF/[(18)F]FDG PET/CT (70%) and all FLs detected with [(18)F]FPRGD2 PET were associated with an underlying bone lesion. In one newly diagnosed patient, more [(18)F]FPRGD2 positive lesions were seen than [(18)F]NaF/[(18)F]FDG positive lesions. This study suggests that [(18)F]FPRGD2 PET/CT might be less useful for the detection of myeloma lesions in patients with advanced disease as all FLs with [(18)F]FPRGD2 uptake were already detected with CT alone. [less ▲]

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See detailUpdate on therapy of relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma
Vekemans, M-C.; Beel, K.; CAERS, Jo ULiege et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2017), 8

The prognosis for multiple myeloma patients has improved substantially over the past decade with the development of more effective chemotherapeutic agents and regimens that possess a high level of anti ... [more ▼]

The prognosis for multiple myeloma patients has improved substantially over the past decade with the development of more effective chemotherapeutic agents and regimens that possess a high level of anti-tumour activity. However, nearly all multiple myeloma patients ultimately relapse, even those who experience a complete response to initial therapy. Management of relapsed disease remains a critical aspect of multiple myeloma care and an important area of ongoing research. This manuscript from the Belgian Haematology Society multiple myeloma subgroup provides some recommendations on the management of relapsed disease. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of combined whole-body 18F-NAF and 18F-FDG PET/CT versus MRI for the detection of myeloma lesions
WITHOFS, Nadia ULiege; COUSIN, François ULiege; TANCREDI, Tino ULiege et al

Conference (2016, June 14)

Objectives Imaging requirements for the diagnosis of multiple myeloma (MM) recently changed and 蠅 1 osteolytic bone destruction (蠅 5 mm in size) seen on whole-body (WB) low-dose computed tomography (ldCT ... [more ▼]

Objectives Imaging requirements for the diagnosis of multiple myeloma (MM) recently changed and 蠅 1 osteolytic bone destruction (蠅 5 mm in size) seen on whole-body (WB) low-dose computed tomography (ldCT) or positron emission tomography combined with CT (PET/CT) does fulfill the criteria for bone disease. The present work assessed the lesion detection rate of WB combined [18F]NaF and [18F]FDG PET/CT versus ldCT alone and MRI in patients with newly diagnosed MM. Methods Patients with newly diagnosed MM, prospectively included, underwent WB (from vertex to toes) XR, MRI and combined [18F]NaF and [18F]FDG PET/CT (median delay between scans: 6 days). PET/CT scans were acquired after injection of 134 ± 13 MBq [18F]NaF and 249 ± 18 MBq [18F]FDG (median uptake time: 64 min). The ldCT (3 mm slice thickness; 120 kV; 50-80 mAs) followed by PET emission scan (90 seconds per bed position) were performed. The MR images were acquired in coronal planes in T1-weighted and T2-weighted short-tau inversion recovery. Diffusion-weighted with background suppression images were acquired in the axial plane and reconstructed on coronal planes. PET and LdCT images were reviewed by 2 experienced nuclear medicine physicians and 1 radiologist to detect focal lesions (FLs) and/or diffuse bone marrow involvement. The focal areas of visually detectable increased tracers’ uptake were considered as PET FLs. The MR, ldCT alone and XR images were analyzed by 3 radiologists blinded to each other and to PET/CT results. The FLs were classified according to their location: pelvis, skull, limbs, spine, ribs and one location including the sternum, scapula and clavicles. The McNemar’s test was used to compare the detection rate of each technique and the Kruskal-Wallis test was used to estimate a relationship between the detection rate and the size of FLs measured with ldCT. Results Out of 14 patients initially included, two were excluded (one for a delay > 40 days with XR and one who experienced claustrophobia during MRI acquisition). Twelve myeloma patients (median age 64y) with stage 1 (n = 4), 2 (n = 5) or 3 (n = 3) were included in the analyses. The pattern of bone marrow involvement was focal (n = 7) or combined diffuse and focal (n = 5). Per patient, 1-3 FL (n = 4), 4-10 FLs (n = 2) or > 10 FLs (n = 6) were detected. The total number of FLs detected was 281; no extramedullary disease was detected. The detection rate of MM lesions between techniques was significantly different (p < 0.05): XR (89; 32%) < PET (158; 56%) < MRI (183, 65%) < LdCT alone (219; 78%) < PET/CT (277; 99%). Out of 158 FLs detected with PET, 125 (79%) were also detected with MRI. Out of 183 MM lesions detected with MRI, 125 (68%) were detected with PET; PET positivity was significantly associated with lesion size (p = 0.002). Out of 145 FLs (蠅 5 mm) detected with ldCT, the detection rate of MRI (n = 87; 60%) and PET (n = 96; 66%) was similar (p = 0.17) and significantly associated with lesion size only for MRI (p = 0.014). Whatever FLs location, the detection rate of PET and MRI was similar except for rib MM lesions for which PET was superior to MRI (p = 0.0005). Seventeen osteolytic rib lesions detected with PET were not detected with MRI, of which only one corresponded to a pathologic fracture. At the patient’s level, the diagnosis of MM was based on biological data in 7/12 patients. For the 5 remaining patients, MM diagnosis required imaging. PET/CT and ldCT alone correctly identified bone involvement in all 5 patients; MRI would have missed the correct MM diagnosis in 3 patients (2 with diffuse pattern only and one with 1 FL); WBXR would have missed MM diagnosis in 1/5 patient (one pelvic FL missed). Conclusions The MM lesion detection rate of PET/CT was superior to ldCT alone and MRI, respectively. At the patient’s level, the accuracy of PET/CT and CT alone was superior to MRI and WB-XR for the diagnosis of MM. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term safety follow-up of a randomized trial of darbepoetin alpha and intravenous iron following autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation.
JASPERS, Aurélie ULiege; Baron, Frédéric ULiege; Maertens, Johan et al

in American Journal of Hematology (2015), 90(7), 133-4

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See detailHaemolytic crisis induced by rasburicase administration revealing G-6-PD deficiency
SID, Sélim ULiege; Dugauquier, Christophe; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULiege et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2015), 6(2), 74-78

We present a patient with Burkitt's lymphoma who suffered a severe haemolytic crisis after treatment with rasburicase. This case report underlines the high incidence of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase ... [more ▼]

We present a patient with Burkitt's lymphoma who suffered a severe haemolytic crisis after treatment with rasburicase. This case report underlines the high incidence of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency in some ethnic groups and the importance of a detailed patient and family history before starting treatment, even in case of emergency. Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase is an essential enzyme since it makes the synthesis of NADPH + H from NADP possible, which determines the reducing power (NADPH) of the cell. Every defect in this physiological process, notably glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, may thus result simultaneously with the use of rasburicase in acute or chronic haemolysis according to the importance of the deficiency. Management is based on stopping the incriminated drug and on supportive therapy consisting of administering packed red blood cells if the anaemia is poorly tolerated. [less ▲]

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See detailBHS guidelines for the treatment of Burkitt lymphoma
BONNET, Christophe ULiege; Janssens, A.; Wu, KL. et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2015), 6(2), 61-69

Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is a rare but very aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma characterized by an isolated translocation t(8;14)(q24;q32). The sporadic form is the subentity most frequently encountered in ... [more ▼]

Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is a rare but very aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma characterized by an isolated translocation t(8;14)(q24;q32). The sporadic form is the subentity most frequently encountered in our country. Diagnosis and initial work-up must be completed rapidly to start treatment as soon as possible. Positron emission tomography (PET) scan is useful for initial staging and to evaluate the chemosensitivity of the tumor during and after treatment. After debulking, it is recommended to add rituximab to chemotherapy. Currently intensive short-cycle chemotherapies (ISCC) and low intensity chemotherapies (LIC) are two valuable options. Radiotherapy is not indicated except in case of central nervous system involvement. Patients achieving complete remission must be followed carefully during the first year to detect recurrence of the disease. More than 80% of patients sustain their remission one year following initial treatment and are considered cured. For patients in partial remission or with chemosensitive relapse, autologous stem cell transplantation is recommended following re-induction with non-cross-resistant polychemotherapy. Monitoring complete blood counts and cognitive functions is important to detect late toxicity of the applied therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailLeucémie myéloblastique aiguë : sécrétion paranéoplasique de GH et de PRL ?
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULiege; Potorac, Iulia ULiege; DE PASQUAL, Aurelie ULiege et al

in Abstract book - Annales d'Endocrinologie : 31ème Congrès de la Société Françaose d'Endocrinologie, Lyon 5-8 novembre 2014 (2014, October)

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See detailHemolytic crisis induced by rasburicase administration revealing G-6-PD deficiency.
SID, Sélim ULiege; Dugauquier, D.; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULiege et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2014)

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See detailAlliance diagnostique et thérapeutique contre les mycoses invasives
DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULiege; HAYETTE, Marie-Pierre ULiege; MISTRETTA, Virginie ULiege

Scientific conference (2013, December 19)

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See detailDiagnosis and follow-up of monoclonal gammopathies of undetermined significance; information for referring physicians.
CAERS, Jo ULiege; Vekemans, Marie-Christiane; Bries, Greet et al

in Annals of Medicine (2013), 45

The prevalence of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) is generally estimated at 3.4% in the general population over 50 years, and its incidence increases with age. MGUS represents a ... [more ▼]

The prevalence of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) is generally estimated at 3.4% in the general population over 50 years, and its incidence increases with age. MGUS represents a preneoplastic entity that can transform into multiple myeloma or other lymphoproliferative disorders. The risk of malignant transformation is estimated at 1% per year and persists over time. Predictors of malignant transformation have been identified such as the heavy chain isotype, the monoclonal component level, increasing levels of M-protein during the first years of follow-up, bone marrow plasmocytosis, dosage of serum free light chains, the presence of immunophenotypic abnormal plasma cells, aneuploidy and the presence of circulating plasma cells. Prognostic scores that combine certain of these factors have been proposed and allow the identification of high-risk patients. Their use could assist in tailoring the care for each patient, based on his/her risk profile. [less ▲]

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See detailLeucémie myélomonocytaire chronique : diagnostic et thérapeutique
HAFRAOUI, Kaoutar ULiege; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULiege; Beguin, Yves ULiege

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2013), 9

Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) is a disease typically of the elderly. It is suspected when monocytosis reaches IOOO/fil. It may be associated with «B» symptoms (fever, sweating, and weight loss ... [more ▼]

Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) is a disease typically of the elderly. It is suspected when monocytosis reaches IOOO/fil. It may be associated with «B» symptoms (fever, sweating, and weight loss) but also visceral, skin and autoimmune complications. Current treatment strategies aim at reducing the symptoms and have no curative goals. In this context hypomethylating agents have shown a good efficacy. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) remains the only curative option but remains difficult to perform in elderly patients population, even if transplantation with a reduced intensity conditioning has reduced the risks. A new prognostic scoring helps to recognize the patients with poor prognosis and to better selected candidates for the HSCT. [less ▲]

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See detailChimiothérapie, immunodépression et cancers secondaires : rapport d'un cas clinique
COLLINS, Patrick ULiege; Vijgen, S.; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2013), 7-8

We report the case of a multi-metastatic mucinous adenocarcinoma of the colon discovered pre-mortem in a patient with a history of multiple myeloma. This case gives the opportunity to discuss the ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a multi-metastatic mucinous adenocarcinoma of the colon discovered pre-mortem in a patient with a history of multiple myeloma. This case gives the opportunity to discuss the prognostic value of histological typing of colorectal cancer and secondary neoplasms to chemotherapy and/or immunodepression. [less ▲]

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See detailDarbepoetin-alfa and intravenous iron administration after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation : A prospective multicenter randomized trial
BEGUIN, Yves ULiege; Maertens, Johan; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULiege et al

in American Journal of Hematology (2013), 88

We conducted a randomized study analyzing the impact of darbepoetin alfa (DA) administration with or without intravenous (i.v.) iron on erythroid recovery after autologous hematopoietic cell ... [more ▼]

We conducted a randomized study analyzing the impact of darbepoetin alfa (DA) administration with or without intravenous (i.v.) iron on erythroid recovery after autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Patients were randomized between no DA (Arm 1), DA 300 lg every 2 weeks starting on Day 28 after HCT (Arm 2), or DA plus i.v. iron 200 mg on Days 28, 42, and 56 (Arm 3). The proportion achieving complete hemoglobin (Hb) response within 18 weeks (primary end point) was 21% in Arm 1 (n524), 79% in Arm 2 (n525), and 100% in Arm 3 (n523; P < 0.0001). Erythropoietic response was shown to be significantly higher in Arm 3 (n546) than in Arm 2 (n550; P50.008), resulting in lower DA use, reduced drug costs, and improved quality of life scores, but the effect on transfusions was not significant. In multivariate analysis, DA administration (P< 0.0001), i.v. iron administration (P50.0010), high baseline Hb (P< 0.0001), and low baseline creatinine (P50.0458) were independently associated with faster achievement of complete Hb response. In conclusion, DA is highly effective to ensure full erythroid reconstitution after autologous HCT when started on Day 28 post-transplant. I.v. iron sucrose further improves erythroid recovery. [less ▲]

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See detailTreatment of peripheral T-cell lymphomas: recommendations of the Belgian Hematological Society (BHS).
Van Obbergh, F.; Van Hoof, A.; Verhoef, G. et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2013), 4 (3)

The sub-committee on lymphoproliferative disorders of the Belgian Hematological Society has met several times to prepare guidelines on the management of patients with peripheral T-cell lymphomas. Each ... [more ▼]

The sub-committee on lymphoproliferative disorders of the Belgian Hematological Society has met several times to prepare guidelines on the management of patients with peripheral T-cell lymphomas. Each panellist's expert provided interpretation of the evidence, based on literature review and personal experience. The available evidence was systematically discussed prior to formulating recommendations. A systematic approach to obtain consensus of expert opinion was used. After each meeting, the draft guideline was circulated to all experts for comment and approval. The present guidelines focus on general management of peripheral T-cell lymphomas with special emphasis on more specific disease-adapted stratégies. [less ▲]

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See detailSpontaneous pneumomediastinum caused by bleomycin-induced pneumonitis
FRUSCH, Nicolas ULiege; SERVAIS, Sophie ULiege; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULiege et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2012)

We report the case of a 24-yr-old woman treated for lymphoma who developed bleomycin-induced intersitial pneumonia. This interstitial pneumonia was complicated by spontaneous pneumomediastinum ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a 24-yr-old woman treated for lymphoma who developed bleomycin-induced intersitial pneumonia. This interstitial pneumonia was complicated by spontaneous pneumomediastinum. Pneumomediastinum is an unfrequent side effect of high dose bleomycin-induced pneumonitis (BIP) and we describe the first case occurring with low-dose of bleomycin. [less ▲]

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