Unbiased pro-thrombotic features at diagnosis in 977 thrombocythemic patients with Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms

Luigi Gugliotta, Alessandra Iurlo, Gabriele Gugliotta, Alessia Tieghi, Giorgina Specchia, Gianluca Gaidano, Potito Rosario Scalzulli, Elisa Rumi, A. Dragani, Vincenzo Martinelli, Cristina Santoro, M. L. Randi, G. Tagariello, Anna Candoni, Daniele Cattaneo, Alessandra Ricco, Raffaele Palmieri, M. Liberati, Maria Langella, Angela RagoMicaela Bergamaschi, Paola Monari, Rossella Miglio, Umberto Santoro, Rossella R. Cacciola, Serena Rupoli, Lucia Mastrullo, Pellegrino Musto, M. G. Mazzucconi, Marco Vignetti, Agostino Cortelezzi, Nicola Vianelli, Bruno Martino, Valerio De Stefano, Francesco Passamonti, Alessandro M. Vannucchi

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Abstract

In patients with Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), the anti-thrombotic and/or cytoreductive treatment in the follow-up may affect the evaluation of the pro-thrombotic weight of the clinical and biological characteristics at diagnosis. In order to avoid this potential confounding effect, we investigated the relationship between prior thrombosis (PrTh: thrombosis occurred before diagnosis and before treatment) and the characteristics at diagnosis in 977 thrombocythemic patients with MPN, reclassified according to the WHO 2008 criteria. PrTh occurred in 194 (19.9%) patients, with similar rates in the different MPNs. In multivariate analysis, PrTh rate was significantly related to minor thrombocytosis (platelets ≤700 × 109/L), leukocytosis (leukocytes >10 × 109/L), higher hematocrit (HCT >45%), JAK2 V617F mutation, older age, and cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs). The highest PrTh rate (33.9%) was associated with the coexistence of minor thrombocytosis and leukocytosis. Of note, the inverse relationship between PrTh rate and platelet count is consistent with the hemostatic paradox of thrombocytosis. In conclusion, this analysis in MPN patients disclosed the unbiased characteristics at diagnosis with a pro-thrombotic effect. Moreover, it suggests that the optimal control of blood cells counts, and CVRFs might be of utmost importance in the prevention of thrombosis during the follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-25
Number of pages8
JournalLeukemia Research
Volume46
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2016

Keywords

  • Hematocrit
  • JAK2
  • Leukocytes
  • Platelets
  • Thrombocythemia
  • Thrombosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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