[Retinal abnormalities in adult acute myeloid leukemia: semeiological features and prognostic correlations. Analysis of 178 cases]

Querques, G; Russo, V; Martinez, A; Sarra, G M; Iaculli, C; Delle Noci, N (2007). [Retinal abnormalities in adult acute myeloid leukemia: semeiological features and prognostic correlations. Analysis of 178 cases]. Journal français d'ophtalmologie, 30(8), pp. 819-23. Issy-les-Moulineaux (F): Elsevier Masson SAS 10.1016/S0181-5512(07)92616-9

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INTRODUCTION: Adult patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) frequently present retinal abnormalities. We tried to find a relationship between fundus lesions and treatment responsiveness, prognosis, and several hematologic parameters. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We examined 178 adult patients with newly diagnosed AML. All patients were assigned to two groups regarding retinal parameters (1 or 2) and age (A or B). Group 1 included cases with retinal dysfunction classified as retinal abnormalities with impaired visual acuity; group 2 included cases with no or only minor retinal changes. Subgroup A included patients younger than 60 years (n=97), subgroup B patients older than 60 years (n=81). RESULTS: In this study, higher age and a lower Hb value were associated with retinal findings (group 1). Among the younger patients (subgroup A), 78% of those with complete remission had no retinal findings (group 2) compared to 18% of the nonresponders. In the elderly population (subgroup B), this ratio was 58% versus 19%. In the younger patients (subgroup A), the mean overall survival was 50 months if they had no retinal abnormalities (group 2) and 7 months in the case of retinal changes (group 1). In the older population (subgroup B), the ratio was 15 months versus 3 months, respectively. CONCLUSION: Retinal abnormalities in AML are generally associated with higher age, although they correlate with a shorter survival in both age groups. This association is stronger in younger patients.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ophthalmology

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Sarra, Gian-Marco






Elsevier Masson SAS




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04 Oct 2013 14:55

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04 May 2014 23:16

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/23617 (FactScience: 42893)

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