Analysis of factors affecting hemorrhagic diathesis and overall survival in patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia.

Research paper by Ho Jin HJ Lee, Dong Hyun DH Kim, Seul S Lee, Myeong Seok MS Koh, So Yeon SY Kim, Ji Hyun JH Lee, Suee S Lee, Sung Yong SY Oh, Jin Yeong JY Han, Hyo-Jin HJ Kim, Sung-Hyun SH Kim

Indexed on: 11 Nov '15Published on: 11 Nov '15Published in: The Korean journal of internal medicine


This study investigated whether patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) truly fulfill the diagnostic criteria of overt disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), as proposed by the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) and the Korean Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (KSTH), and analyzed which component of the criteria most contributes to bleeding diathesis.A single-center retrospective analysis was conducted on newly diagnosed APL patients between January 1995 and May 2012.A total of 46 newly diagnosed APL patients were analyzed. Of these, 27 patients (58.7%) showed initial bleeding. The median number of points per patient fulfilling the diagnostic criteria of overt DIC by the ISTH and the KSTH was 5 (range, 1 to 7) and 3 (range, 1 to 4), respectively. At diagnosis of APL, 22 patients (47.8%) fulfilled the overt DIC diagnostic criteria by either the ISTH or KSTH. In multivariate analysis of the ISTH or KSTH diagnostic criteria for overt DIC, the initial fibrinogen level was the only statistically significant factor associated with initial bleeding (p = 0.035), but it was not associated with overall survival (OS).Initial fibrinogen level is associated with initial presentation of bleeding of APL patients, but does not affect OS.

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