Acute myeloid leukaemia arising from a patient with untreated essential thrombocythaemia

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Abstract

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is an uncommon complication of patients with essential thrombocythaemia (ET). We report a patient with ET which progressed into AML and who had only received a few days of therapy with hydroxyurea (HU) when diagnosed with ET. This is extremely rare, as in large series no patients who were left untreated for their ET developed this complication. This case supports the theory that AML transformation can be part of the natural history of ET in some cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-399
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Haematology
Volume68
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2002

Keywords

  • Acute myelogenous leukaemia
  • Essential thrombocythaemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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