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A novel karyotype in acute myeloid leukemia with basophilia.

Servitzoglou M, Grenzelia M, Baka M, Harisi M, Pourtsidis A, Bouhoutsou D, Varvoutsi M, Doganis D, Dana H, Divane A, Kosmidis H.

Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2014 Mar;31(2):149-56.

Oncology Department, Children’s Hospital “P. & A. Kyriakou”, Thivon and Levadias, Athens, Greece.




Acute basophilic leukemia is a distinct entity of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) with primary differentiation to basophils. Increased basophil count has been described in AML cases with translocation t(6;9)(p23;q34) or other chromosomal abnormalities. We describe a 15-year old female teenager with AML and excess peripheral blood and bone marrow basophils. Her white blood cell count at diagnosis was 15.4 G/L with 53% basophils and 17% blasts. The bone marrow cytogenetics analysis did not reveal any of the usual abnormalities. Thekaryotype showed two closely related leukemic clones: the first (16 metaphases), with a total of 48 chromosomes, had an extra chromosome 8 with deletion of the long arm and an additional 21 (48,XX, +del(8)(q24.2q24.3), t21[16]), while the second clone (2 metaphases), with a total of 47 chromosomes, did not contain the extra 21 chromosome (47, sl, -21[2]). In summary, in this case of AML-M2 with excess basophils, there is a novel chromosomal abnormality, not previously reported in this entity.

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