Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia: 2016 update on diagnosis, risk stratification, and management

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Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) is a clonal hematopoietic stem cell disorder characterized by overlapping features of myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms. Diagnosis is based on the presence of persistent (>3months) peripheral blood monocytosis (>1×109/L), along with bone marrow dysplasia. Clonal cytogenetic abnormalities occur in ∼20-30% of patients, while >90% have gene mutations. Mutations involving TET2 (∼60%), SRSF2 (∼50%), ASXL1 (∼40%), and RAS (∼30%) are frequent; with only ASXL1 mutations negatively impacting overall survival. Two molecularly integrated, CMML-specific prognostic models include; the Groupe Français des Myélodysplasies (GFM) and the Molecular Mayo Model (MMM). The GFM model segregates patients into 3 groups based on: age >65years, WBC >15×109/L, anemia, platelets 9/L, and ASXL1 mutation status, with respective median survivals of 56 (low), 27.4 (intermediate), and 9.2 (high) months. The MMM is based on ASXL1 mutational status, absolute monocyte count >10×109/L, hemoglobin

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-642
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Hematology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

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  • Hematology

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