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Acute lymphblastic leukemia

D Rund, S Ben-Neriah, O Yehuda, R Leizerowitz, E Okon, A Polliack
Hyperploidy is a rare finding in leukemias, with isolated cases of tetraploidy reported in acute myeloblastic and acute lymphblastic leukemias. We report the first case of acute myeloid leukemia with near-pentaploidy (5 n+/-) which was present in 100% of metaphases at diagnosis. By light microscopy, the leukemic blasts were exceptionally large and coarsely granulated. Following one cycle of induction chemotherapy, complete morphologic and cytogenetic remission was documented. Four weeks later relapse occured, at which time the karyotype was diploid and the morphological and immunophenotypic characteristics were those of a lymphoid leukemia...
May 1997: Leukemia & Lymphoma
P Lovisetto, A Guarnero, M Bonetto, V Biarese
The natural history of chornic myeloid leukaemia (CML) usually ends with a blastic transformation (BT). In 30% of cases, BT displays the cytomorphological, cytochemical, immunological and biochemical features and the response to therapy observed in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). The presence of lymphoid-like cells in a blood disease classically interpreted as a disorder of the myeloid strain led to the suggestion that CML is a disease of a stem cell capable of displaying both myeloid and lymphoid characters...
March 3, 1980: Minerva Medica
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