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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 443-6

Acute basophilic leukaemia : a case report.

Department of Pathology, Govt. Medical College, Aurangabad

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H R Kokandakar
Department of Pathology, Govt. Medical College, Aurangabad

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Acute basophilic leukaemia is an uncommon form of acute leukaemia, rarely occurring as de novo disease. Due to rarity of the disease, consistent diagnostic criteria for the identification of this entity still remain the topic of discussion. Immunophenotypic profile, electron microscopy and cytogenetic analysis in addition to morphological features, are said to be highly desirable for correct identification of this entity. In set-up like ours, where such facilities are either not available or not in reach of the patients due to financial constraints, morphological features and simple technique like demonstration of metachromasia in blasts with toluidine blue stain remain the most useful diagnostic tool for identification of this rare condition. We present a case of acute basophilic leukaemia with (11q23)-MLL gene rearrangement, in an 18-year-old male with review of literature and discussion of diagnostic criteria.

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