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J Clin Oncol. 1999 Sep;17(9):2954-70.

Myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia: diagnostic definition and prognostic classification for clinical studies and treatment guidelines.

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  • Laboratory of Medical Informatics, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico Policlinico S. Matteo, Pavia, Italy. barosig@smatteo.pv.it

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia (MMM) is a chronic myeloproliferative disorder characterized by bone marrow fibrosis and extramedullary hematopoiesis. Recent studies provide definite diagnostic criteria and prognostic classifications of the disease, and allogeneic stem-cell transplantation (SCT) now offers a chance of curing the disease. In order to put diagnostic criteria and prognostic classifications of the disease into the perspective of developing guidelines for treatment strategies, all studies published in the English literature over the last 30 years were reviewed.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Studies were identified through a MEDLINE search (1966 to present) and from the bibliographies of relevant articles.

RESULTS:

The Italian Consensus Conference on diagnostic criteria is a structured enterprise aimed at formulating a definition of MMM that will be used for enrolling patients onto clinical studies. It relies on the obligatory presence of myelofibrosis and on the exclusion of the BCR-ABL rearrangement or Philadelphia chromosome, in association with combinations of traditional features. Prognostic scores allow us to identify classes of patients on the basis of hemoglobin, age, WBC count, and chromosomal abnormalities. Several nonrandomized studies have indicated that allogeneic SCT for patients under the age of 55 is effective in prolonging survival in more than 50% of cases and in possibly curing the disease. Patients with the most severe prognosis are candidates.

CONCLUSION:

"Consensus" methodology offers a definition of MMM useful for conducting and reporting clinical studies. A detailed knowledge of prognostic factors can help to delineate guidelines for addressing patients with allogeneic SCT.

PMID:
10561375
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