Sometimes it is better to wait: First Italian case of a newborn with transient abnormal myelopoiesis and a favorable prognosis

Guglielmo Salvatori, Silvia Foligno, Pietro Sirleto, Silvia Genovese, Serena Russo, Valentina Coletti, Andrea Dotta, Matteo Luciani

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Congenital leukemia is rare disease with an incidence of one to five cases per million births. Transient abnormal myelopoiesis (TAM), also called transient myeloproliferative disorder, is a pre-leukemia disorder that may occur in Down syndrome (DS) or non-DS infants. TAM may enter spontaneous remission; however, continual monitoring is required, as this disorder has been observed to develop into acute megakaryoblastic leukemia in 16-30% of cases. In the literature, 16 cases of TAM in non-DS infants have been reported. The case presented in the current study is, to the best of our knowledge, the first case of an Italian non-DS newborn presenting with clinical manifestations of acute leukemia at five days after birth, exhibiting a normal karyotype, trisomy 21 only in blast cells, and spontaneous remission. Chromosomal analyses on peripheral blood cells, bone marrow cells and dermal fibroblasts were conducted using a G-banding technique, and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) was used to identify the critical regions of DS. Amplification of GATA binding protein 1 (GATA1) exon 2 genomic DNA was performed using polymerase chain reaction. Cytogenetic analysis of 50 peripheral blood cells and dermal fibroblasts from the patient revealed a normal karyotype: 46, XX. Conversely, cytogenetic analysis of the patient's bone marrow revealed an abnormal karyotype 47, XX+21. In order to investigate this result, FISH was performed, which identified the presence of three signals in 70% of the cells and two signals in 30% of bone marrow cells. GATA1 sequencing revealed the substitution of a single base (c.150delG) in exon 2. Seven months after the initial analysis, FISH and cytogenetic analyses of the stimulated/unstimulated peripheral blood cells and bone marrow cells were performed, revealing that each exhibited diploid signals, as observed in a normal karyotype.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-195
Number of pages5
JournalOncology Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 21 2016


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