A 67 year old male developed a therapy related myelodysplastic process culminating in acute myeloid leukemia 16 years following initial treatment for a large cell lymphoma. A second relapse of this leukemia showed 12% blasts including numerous giant blasts. The presence of giant blasts suggested the possibility of relapsed malignant lymphoma, however, flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry identified them as myeloid and chromosomal analysis revealed a near-tetraploid cell line. No evidence of lymphoma was seen. Although remission was induced with chemotherapy he subsequently relapsed with marrow and/or CNS involvement and was maintained on palliative therapy until he developed sepsis and died, 13 months following the observation of tetraploidy and 33 months following the onset of acute leukemia.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research