Diagnosis of acquired bone marrow failure syndrome during childhood using the 2008 World Health Organization classification system.
ABSTRACT Distinguishing hypoplastic myelodysplastic syndrome from aplastic anemia (AA) is challenging. In the present study, Japanese and Chinese pediatric hematologists and pathologists conducted a joint review of bone marrow (BM) smears and trephine biopsies in 100 children with acquired BM failure syndrome, using the criteria proposed in the 2008 edition of the World Health Organization classification of hematopoietic and lymphoid tissues. The final consensus for the diagnoses of 100 children was AA in 29 patients, refractory cytopenia of childhood (RCC) in 58 patients, and refractory cytopenia with multilineage dysplasia (RCMD) in 13 patients. No significant differences between Japanese and Chinese children were found with regards to clinical and laboratory findings, or the distribution of diagnoses. Patients with RCC/RCMD showed milder disease severity and BM hypocellularity than those with AA. To establish the provisional entities for RCC, it is essential to prospectively compare the clinical outcomes between AA and RCC groups in a large number of patients.
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ABSTRACT: Previous studies have suggested an increased incidence of acquired severe aplastic anaemia in Asian populations. We evaluated the incidence of aplastic anaemia in people of Asian descent, using a well-defined paediatric (0-14 years) population in British Columbia, Canada to minimize environmental factors. The incidence in children of East/South-east Asian descent (6.9/million/year) and South Asian (East Indian) descent (7.3/million/year) was higher than for those of White/mixed ethnic descent (1.7/million/year). There appeared to be no contribution by environmental factors. This study shows that Asian children have an increased incidence of severe aplastic anaemia possibly as a result of a genetic predisposition.British Journal of Haematology 05/2003; 121(1):170-2. · 4.96 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Predicting the treatment response of aplastic anaemia (AA) is essential when considering cyclosporine (CyA) therapy among several treatment options, because it requires at least 2 months determine whether the therapy is beneficial to a patient with AA. To identify the characteristics of patients with AA who are likely to respond to CyA therapy we retrospectively reviewed the clinical records and bone marrow smears of patients treated with CyA. Among 30 patients who received the therapy for at least 3 months within 1 year after diagnosis of AA, and who had not been exposed to antilymphocyte or antithymocyte globulin, 16 (53%) responded with disease remission. CyA-responsive patients had a significantly higher ratio of erythroblasts to granulocytes (E/G ratio) in the bone marrow at the time of diagnosis as compared with patients refractory to therapy (P = 0.004). Multivariate analysis revealed that a high E/G ratio ( > 0.6) was significantly associated with a good response to CyA (P = 0.03): 15 (83%) of the 18 patients with an E/G ratio > 0.6 responded, but only one (8%) of the 12 with an E/G ratio > or = 0.6 did. Although the presence of subclinical paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria was suspected from the relative erythroblastosis observed in the bone marrow of these patients, flow cytometric analysis of neutrophils in the peripheral blood failed to reveal neutrophils deficient for glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchored membrane proteins in all but one case. Identification of the presence of relative erythroid hyperplasia in he bone marrow when AA is diagnosed may help to predict a favourable response to CyA therapy, and therefore facilitate the selection of optimal therapy for AA.British Journal of Haematology 03/1996; 92(2):318-23. · 4.96 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: It is currently unknown whether immunosuppressive therapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is the most appropriate treatment strategy for children with refractory cytopenia and normal karyotype or trisomy 8. We report on 31 children with hypoplastic refractory cytopenia treated with immunosuppressive therapy consisting of antithymocyte globulin and cyclosporine. At 6 months, 22 of 29 evaluable patients had a complete or partial response; a total of ten patients achieved a complete response at varying time points. Six patients subsequently received a transplant because of non-response, progression to advanced myelodysplastic syndrome or evolution of monosomy 7. Overall and failure-free survival rates at 3 years were 88% and 57%, respectively.Haematologica 04/2007; 92(3):397-400. · 5.94 Impact Factor