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Refractory Cytopenia

Enrico Schalk, Thomas Fischer
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare cause of cytopenia and is often associated with lymphoma. The occurrence of HLH in the course of lymphoma treatment could be an indicator for refractory disease.
October 2016: Clinical Case Reports
Anita F Oliveira, Aline Tansini, Daniel O Vidal, Luiz F Lopes, Konradin Metze, Irene Lorand-Metze
BACKGROUND: Immunophenotyping of bone marrow (BM) hemopoietic precursors is useful for diagnosis of adult myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), but data concerning pediatric patients are limited. We analyzed immunophenotypic features of BM cells at diagnosis of children who were referred to the Brazilian Pediatric Cooperative Group of Myelodysplastic Syndromes. METHODS: Diagnosis was based on clinical information, peripheral blood counts, BM cytology and cytogenetics...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Y Mori, K Ikeda, T Inomata, G Yoshimoto, N Fujii, H Ago, T Teshima
Jak1/2 inhibitor ruxolitinib is a promising agent for treating steroid-refractory GvHD after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT) to produce quick and durable responses. However, optimal dose and tapering schedule of ruxolitinib remain to be determined. Discontinuation of ruxolitinib in myelofibrosis often induces 'withdrawal syndrome' characterized by acute relapse of the disease, but this issue is not well addressed in the treatment of GvHD. Four patients with GvHD (one acute and three chronic) after SCT for myelofibrosis were treated with ruxolitinib...
October 10, 2016: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Anne-Sylvia Sacri, Annelyse Bruwier, Geneviève Baujat, Sylvain Breton, Stéphane Blanche, Tracy A Briggs, Brigitte Bader-Meunier
Childhood-onset chronic and refractory cytopenias are rare and may be genetic in etiology. We report three pediatric cases of severe autoimmune thrombocytopenia or anemia associated with growth retardation and spastic diplegia with intracranial calcification. The identification of platyspondyly and metaphyseal lesions suggested a potential diagnosis of spondyloenchondrodysplasia (SPENCD), which was confirmed with the identification of biallelic ACP5 mutations. Two patients demonstrated elevated serum interferon alpha levels...
October 8, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Petra Vašeková, Peter Szépe, Ján Marcinek, Tomáš Balhárek, Lukáš Plank
INTRODUCTION: Megaloblastic anemia (MA) represents a subtype of macrocytic anemia caused by impaired DNA synthesis, mostly due to folate and vitamin B12 deficiency. Its mildest forms lead to macrocytosis without concomitant anemia, but more severe forms to thrombocytopenia and/or leucopenia as well. In majority of the cases, the diagnosis of MA dose not represent a serious clinical problem, however, other causes of macrocytosis including myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) must be excluded...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Joanna E Drozd-Sokołowska, Krzysztof Mądry, Anna Waszczuk-Gajda, Tomasz Żóltak, Anna Sikorska, Andrzej Mital, Jarosław Wajs, Grażyna Semeńczuk, Anna Szmigielska-Kapłon, Magdalena Szczepańska, Ewa Wasilewska, Paweł Szwedyk, Jadwiga Hołojda, Marzena Wątek, Beata Stella-Hołowiecka, Maria Soroka-Wojtaszko, Wojciech Homenda, Mirosław Polak, Renata Guzicka-Kazimierska, Agnieszka Porowska, Wiesław Wiktor-Jędrzejczak, Jadwiga Dwilewicz-Trojaczek
OBJECTIVES: The epidemiology of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) differs among countries. Here we present the first epidemiological indices determined for Poland. METHODS: 21 haematological centres participated in the study. Patients diagnosed with MDS and acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) with 20-29% blasts were enrolled. Data collection was conducted for strictly predefined period. RESULTS: The overall crude incidence rate for all MDS subtypes was 1...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Haematology
Su Han Lum, John D Grainger
Aplastic anemia (AA) is a potential life-threatening hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) disorder resulting in cytopenia. The mainstays of treatment for AA are definitive therapy to restore HSCs and supportive measures to ameliorate cytopenia-related complications. The standard definitive therapy is HSC transplantation for young and medically fit patients with suitable donors and immunosuppressive therapy (IST) with antithymocyte globulin and cyclosporine for the remaining patients. A significant proportion of patients are refractory to IST or relapse after IST...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
John M Bennett
In comparison with the 2008 World Health Organization "Blue Book" on hematopoietic neoplasms, a small number of changes have been made in the classification. In the lower-risk patients, Refractory Cytopenias with Multilineage Dysplasia and Ring Sideroblasts (RCMD-RS) has been separated from RCMD to recognize the importance of the SF3B1 mutation. Often there has been confusion as to the degree of morphologic dysplasia and/or cytopenias to define some of the lower-risk subtypes. In addition, the type of dysplasia or cytopenias is not always concordant...
August 12, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Kevin R Kelly, Nashat Gabrail, Steven Weitman, John Sarantopoulos, Anthony J Olszanski, William Edenfield, Jurgen Venitz, Guru Reddy, Allen Yang, Steven J Hasal, A Craig Lockhart
PURPOSE: Pralatrexate is a folate analogue indicated for the treatment of relapsed or refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma. It has not been formally tested in patients with renal impairment. This study evaluated the pharmacokinetic (PK) profile of pralatrexate in patients with renal impairment and with relapsed/refractory advanced solid tumors and lymphoma. METHODS: This was an open-label, nonrandomized, phase 1 study. Eligible patients received pralatrexate administered as an IV push over 3-5 min once weekly for 6 weeks in 7-week cycles until progressive disease or intolerable toxicity...
September 16, 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Susan O'Brien, Jeffrey A Jones, Steven E Coutre, Anthony R Mato, Peter Hillmen, Constantine Tam, Anders Österborg, Tanya Siddiqi, Michael J Thirman, Richard R Furman, Osman Ilhan, Michael J Keating, Timothy G Call, Jennifer R Brown, Michelle Stevens-Brogan, Yunfeng Li, Fong Clow, Danelle F James, Alvina D Chu, Michael Hallek, Stephan Stilgenbauer
BACKGROUND: The TP53 gene, encoding tumour suppressor protein p53, is located on the short arm of chromosome 17 (17p). Patients with 17p deletion (del17p) chronic lymphocytic leukaemia have poor responses and survival after chemoimmunotherapy. We assessed the activity and safety of ibrutinib, an oral covalent inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase, in relapsed or refractory patients with del17p chronic lymphocytic leukaemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma. METHODS: We did a multicentre, international, open-label, single-arm study at 40 sites in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand...
October 2016: Lancet Oncology
Arun Panigrahi, Amy Clark, John Myers, Ashok Raj
BACKGROUND: Successful treatment of both pediatric autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) and immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), specifically those that are refractory to first-line therapies, remains unsatisfactory in terms of long-term remission and medication side effects. Here, we propose a novel combination therapy of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), an adjunct immunosuppressive, and short-term corticosteroids for the treatment of persistent or chronic autoimmune cytopenias in children...
September 12, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
S Wirths, W Bethge, J C Henes
According to experimental animal models and experiences of patients with coexisting autoimmune diseases, allogeneic stem cell transplantation has the potential to reestablish and maintain immunological tolerance. On the other hand, it is associated with significant treatment related mortality and may induce diverse immunological diseases by graft-versus-host reaction. Other than with severe aplastic anemia, it is not an established therapy for autoimmune diseases; it is under investigation in clinical trials and might be considered in severe, refractory immune cytopenia...
October 2016: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
Farhad Ravandi, Ivana Gojo, Mrinal M Patnaik, Mark D Minden, Hagop Kantarjian, Amy O Johnson-Levonas, Craig Fancourt, Raymond Lam, Mary Beth Jones, Clayton D Knox, Shelonitda Rose, Payal Shah Patel, Raoul Tibes
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate safety/tolerability/efficacy of MK-8242 in subjects with refractory/recurrent AML. METHODS: MK-8242 was dosed p.o. QD (30-250mg) or BID (120-250mg) for 7on/7off in 28-day cycle. Dosing was modified to 7on/14off, in 21-day cycle (210 or 300mg BID). RESULTS: 26 subjects enrolled (24 evaluable for response); 5/26 discontinued due to AEs. There were 7 deaths; 1 (fungal pneumonia due to marrow aplasia) possibly drug-related...
September 2016: Leukemia Research
Cecilia Beatrice Chighizola, Voon H Ong, Pier Luigi Meroni
Cyclosporine A, an inhibitor of calcineurin, exerts an immunomodulator action interfering with T cell activation. Even though novel therapeutic tools have emerged, CyA still represents a suitable option in several clinical rheumatology settings. This is the case of refractory nephritis and cytopenias associated with systemic lupus erythematosus. Furthermore, CyA is a valued therapeutic tool in the management of uveitis and thrombophlebitis in course of Behçet's disease. Topical CyA has been proven to be beneficial in the dry eye of Sjogren's syndrome, whereas oral treatment with CyA can be considered for the severe complications of adult onset Still's disease...
August 11, 2016: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Genevieve Douglas, Claire Harrison, Cecily Forsyth, Michael Bennett, William Stevenson, John Hounsell, Sumita Ratnasingam, David Ritchie, David M Ross, Andrew Grigg
Hydroxyurea (Hu) is widely used as first-line cytoreductive therapy for patients with high-risk Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (Ph-neg MPN), but a small proportion of patients have refractory disease or experience adverse effects. Studies have demonstrated busulfan (Bu) to be an active first-line agent, but data on its role as second-line or later therapy are minimal. To evaluate its efficacy and safety in this context, we undertook a multicenter audit of Ph-neg MPN patients who had received Bu as therapy for Hu intolerance or failure...
July 25, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Shunichi Yanai, Shotaro Nakamura, Keisuke Kawasaki, Shigeki Ito, Tamotsu Sugai, Takayuki Matsumoto
We report a 54-year-old female patient with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) associated with trisomy 8, who had multiple colonic ulcers. The patient had been diagnosed as having MDS of refractory cytopenia with trisomy 8 10 years previously. She underwent colonoscopy for abdominal pain, which revealed severe circumferential stenosis with multiple ulcers in the ileocecal region and a discrete excavating ulcer in the transverse colon. The patient had been free from any dermatological, oral, genital or ocular symptoms suggestive of Behçet's disease (BD)...
October 2016: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Luca Malcovati, Mario Cazzola
Myeloid neoplasms with ring sideroblasts are currently categorized within the myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) or myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms (MDS/MPN) in the World Health Organization classification. Recent findings have identified that the presence of ring sideroblasts in these disorders has a unique molecular basis, i.e., the somatic mutation of SF3B1, a gene encoding a splicing factor. Mutations of SF3B1 occur in up to 90% of patients with refractory anaemia with unilineage dysplasia (RARS) and 70% of those with refractory cytopenia with multilineage dysplasia and ring sideroblasts or RARS associated with marked thrombocytosis...
September 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Barina Aqil, Jyotinder N Punia, Choladda V Curry, Andrea N Marcogliese, M Tarek Elghetany
BACKGROUND: Micromegakaryocytes (microMKs) are considered the most reliable dysplastic feature for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), particularly refractory cytopenia of childhood (RCC); there is no minimal threshold for the diagnosis of RCC. Since most RCC patients present with thrombocytopenia, the presence of microMKs should raise concern for MDS/RCC. This study attempted to investigate the prevalence of microMKs and associated marrow fibrosis in patients with thrombocytopenia unrelated to MDS/RCC and the need for establishing a threshold for microMKs for the diagnosis of MDS/RCC...
August 2016: Leukemia Research
Jae Hyeon Park, Miyoung Kim, Sun-Young Kong, Sung-Soo Yoon, Dong Soon Lee
CONTEXT: -At the initial diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and/or during follow-up, the evaluation of chromosomal abnormalities is based on standard G-banding, whereas the utility of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is still debated. OBJECTIVES: -To investigate whether interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization (iFISH) clone size at initial diagnosis of MDS is correlated with survival and whether changes in clonal fraction by iFISH are concordant with the MDS International Working Group response criteria during follow-up...
June 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lindsey A George, David T Teachey
Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS) is a disorder of abnormal lymphocyte homeostasis, resulting from mutations in the Fas apoptotic pathway. Clinical manifestations include noninfectious and nonmalignant lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly, and autoimmune pathology-most commonly, autoimmune cytopenias. Rarely, and in association with specific genetic mutations, patients with ALPS may go on to develop secondary lymphoid malignancies. Though ALPS is a rare disorder, it should be suspected and ruled out in children presenting with chronic and refractory multilineage cytopenias associated with nonmalignant lymphoproliferation...
August 2016: Paediatric Drugs
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