Repeated PCR analysis was performed on bone marrow and or peripheral blood samples from 4 CML patients in complete cytogenetic remission during treatment with IFN-α. Two patients became PCR-negative. One was negative for the analyses carried out from the 9th to the 30th months, but reverted to PCR positivity 10 months after IFN was reduced from 1.5 x 106 IU/day to 1 x 106 IU and given on alternate days. Although the dose was again raised to 3 x 106 IU/day, 8 months later her peripheral blood cells were still PCR- positive, but remained persistently Ph'-negative. Another patient became PCR- negative at the 42nd month and remained so at the last analysis performed 3 months later. Two patients were persistently PCR-positive. Cytogenetic relapse was documented in both, in one while still on full therapy. Ph'- positive metaphases reappeared in the other patient 7 months after discontinuing IFN-α therapy.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||European Journal of Haematology|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
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