Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms.

Mario Cazzola, Luca Malcovati, Rosangela Invernizzi

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) classification of tumors of hematopoietic and lymphoid tissues, myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms are clonal myeloid neoplasms that have some clinical, laboratory, or morphologic findings that support a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome, and other findings that are more consistent with myeloproliferative neoplasms. These disorders include chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, atypical chronic myeloid leukemia (BCR-ABL1 negative), juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, and myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms, unclassifiable. The best characterized of these latter unclassifiable conditions is the provisional entity defined as refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts associated with marked thrombocytosis. This article focuses on myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms of adulthood, with particular emphasis on chronic myelomonocytic leukemia and refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts associated with marked thrombocytosis. Recent studies have partly clarified the molecular basis of these disorders, laying the groundwork for the development of molecular diagnostic and prognostic tools. It is hoped that these advances will soon translate into improved therapeutic approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-272
Number of pages9
JournalHematology / the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology. American Society of Hematology. Education Program
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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