A complex variant t(3;15) (q26;q13) representing cryptic/masked acute promyelocytic leukaemia with a novel breakpoint of chromosome 15-a case report.

Research paper by Sandhya S Appachu, Chintaparthi C Obulareddy, Nagesh T NT Sirsath, Kuntejowdahalli C KC Lakshmaiah, Prasanna P Kumari

Indexed on: 07 Sep '13Published on: 07 Sep '13Published in: Ecancermedicalscience


Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APML) is a biologically and clinically distinct variant of AML, currently classified as acute myeloid leukaemia with recurrent cytogenetic anomalies t(15;17) (q22;q21), promyelocytic leukaemia-retinoic acid receptor alpha, diagnosis regardless of blast count in the World Health Organization classification system. It is one of the curable malignancies, has a unique clinical presentation, often with disseminated intravascular coagulation, and has a targeted therapy for its treatment in the form of all trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and arsenic trioxide (ATO). Here, we report a complex type of variant APML t(3;15) (q26;q13), the need for conventional karyotyping for diagnosing such rare variants, and its response to ATRA and ATO.