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Am J Clin Pathol. 2006 Feb;125(2):260-6.

Coexistence of inversion 16 and the Philadelphia chromosome in acute and chronic myeloid leukemias : report of six cases and review of literature.

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  • 1Division of Pathology, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA.


We report 5 cases of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and 1 case of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with the dual presence of t(9;22) and inv(16). The 6 patients were 5 men and 1 woman with a median age of 42.5 years. All cases were BCR-ABL+ with p210 products detected in all CML cases and a p190 product detected in the AML case. An increase in bone marrow eosinophils was detected in 3 of 5 cases, and abnormal eosinophils were identified in these 3 cases. The CBFbeta-MYH11 fusion gene was confirmed in all 3 CML cases and the 1 AML case tested, and this correlated with the presence of abnormal eosinophils with coarse basophilic granules. Of 5 patients with CML, 4 had a rapid transformation to myeloid accelerated phase of blast crisis. The coexistence of t(9;22) and inv(16) in CML seems to correlate with more rapid transformation.

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