About 5% of adult B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemias (B-ALL) are characterized by t(4;11)(q21;q23), which confers peculiar features to this B-ALL subtype, including a very immature immunophenotype and poor prognosis. We describe the case of a 21-year-old female who presented with B-ALL carrying the t(4;11)(q21;q23) and blasts positive for CD19, TdT, CD79a, CD38, HLA-DR. Before completing the Hyper-CVAD (hyperfractionated cyclophosphamide, vincristine, doxorubicin, and dexamethasone) therapy regimen, the B-cell leukemic clone still was detected, but an additional leukemic clone appeared, with morphology and immunophenotype (CD13, CD33, CD64, CD38, CD56, CD15, CD4(dim)) compatible with derivation from the myeloid/monocytic lineage. Karyotype showed the co-existence of three cell lines, with persistence of t(4;11)(q21;q23) and appearance of +8,+12,+13 and two der(4). The patient died because of disseminated intravascular coagulation. Our report describes a rare, possible evolution of such a subtype of B-ALL, with transformation into mixed phenotype acute leukemia in the course of therapy. This finding suggests a blast cell derivation from a common lymphoid/monocytic precursor leading to a final bilineal acute leukemia.

B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia with t(4;11)(q21;q23) in a young woman: evolution into mixed phenotype acute leukemia with additional chromosomal aberrations in the course of therapy.

CARULLI, GIOVANNI;AZZARA', ANTONIO;PETRINI, MARIO
2012

Abstract

About 5% of adult B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemias (B-ALL) are characterized by t(4;11)(q21;q23), which confers peculiar features to this B-ALL subtype, including a very immature immunophenotype and poor prognosis. We describe the case of a 21-year-old female who presented with B-ALL carrying the t(4;11)(q21;q23) and blasts positive for CD19, TdT, CD79a, CD38, HLA-DR. Before completing the Hyper-CVAD (hyperfractionated cyclophosphamide, vincristine, doxorubicin, and dexamethasone) therapy regimen, the B-cell leukemic clone still was detected, but an additional leukemic clone appeared, with morphology and immunophenotype (CD13, CD33, CD64, CD38, CD56, CD15, CD4(dim)) compatible with derivation from the myeloid/monocytic lineage. Karyotype showed the co-existence of three cell lines, with persistence of t(4;11)(q21;q23) and appearance of +8,+12,+13 and two der(4). The patient died because of disseminated intravascular coagulation. Our report describes a rare, possible evolution of such a subtype of B-ALL, with transformation into mixed phenotype acute leukemia in the course of therapy. This finding suggests a blast cell derivation from a common lymphoid/monocytic precursor leading to a final bilineal acute leukemia.
Carulli, Giovanni; Marini, A; Ferreri, Mi; Azzara', Antonio; Ottaviano, V; Lari, T; Rocco, M; Giuntini, S; Petrini, Mario
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