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We report the response to immunosuppressive therapy with antithymocyte globulin (ATG) and cyclosporin or oxymetholone in 13 cases of aplastic anaemia (AA) with an abnormal cytogenetic clone detected at or sometime after diagnosis. Blood and bone marrow examination showed no distinctive morphological features of myelodysplasia (MDS) at diagnosis. Haematological response occurred promptly in eight cases; the remainder responded after additional immunosuppression with or without oxymetholone. Three patients had a late relapse of AA, treated successfully by allogeneic bone marrow transplantation in one; the others responded to oxymetholone. Transformation to MDS or acute leukaemia was not observed after a median follow-up of 4.1 years (range 1.2-11.2). In four patients the cytogenetic clone disappeared after treatment.
Author(s): Geary CG, Harrison CJ, Philpott NJ, Hows JM, Gordon-Smith EC, Marsh JC
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: British Journal of Haematology
ISSN (print): 0007-1048
ISSN (electronic): 1365-2141
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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