Comparative Study of Clinico-hematological Features, Molecular Spectrum and Response to Imatinib in Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Patients: Pediatric and Adolescent Versus Adults

  • Anita Tahlan
  • Neelam VarmaEmail author
  • Shano Naseem
  • Deepak Bansal
  • Jogeshwar Binota
  • Anil Sood
  • Man Updesh Singh Sachdeva
  • Pankaj Malhotra
  • Subhash Varma
Original Article


Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a rare disease in children, accounting for approximately 3% of leukemias in children and adolescents, with an annual incidence of 1 case per million children in western countries. This study was conducted, at PGIMER, Chandigarh. Ninety eight patients, 48 in children and adolescents group, and 50 in adult group were included in the study. Their hematological profiles along with the bone marrow findings were analyzed. The diagnosis of CML was confirmed by cytogenetics and/or molecular analysis. The complete hematological response (CHR) was analyzed at 3 months and cytogentic response (CgR) at 12 months after starting imatinib therapy. Compared to adults, pediatric and adolescent patients were more symptomatic at presentation (93.5 vs. 75%). Among symptomatic patients, massive splenomegaly (>10 cm), higher total leucocyte and platelet counts were seen more frequently in pediatric patients. The most common transcript in both groups was e14a2. The distribution of pediatric and adolescent cases in Sokal, Hasford and EUTOS score, showed only statistically significant difference for low risk Sokal group, which had more patients in pediatric group. Compared to adults, pediatric and adolescent patients had similar CHR rate (91.3 vs. 92%), but showed lesser major CgR rate (90.9 vs. 95.5%) however, this was not statistically significant.


Chronic myelogenous leukemia Pediatric Adolescent Adult 


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There are no conflict of interest to declare.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anita Tahlan
    • 1
  • Neelam Varma
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shano Naseem
    • 1
  • Deepak Bansal
    • 2
  • Jogeshwar Binota
    • 1
  • Anil Sood
    • 1
  • Man Updesh Singh Sachdeva
    • 1
  • Pankaj Malhotra
    • 3
  • Subhash Varma
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of HematologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia
  3. 3.Department of Internal MedicinePostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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