Pathology and Microbiology
Currently, there is an effort to predict relapse by follow-up monitoring of MRD and subsequently to begin the treatment of the patients during their clinical and hematological remission prior to overt hematological relapse. Expression of WT1 in AM Lis known to be independently associated with significant inferior response to therapy and short survival outcome. Follow-up monitoring of WT1 gene expression during or after therapy would be a valuable predictive marker for early recurrence or relapse of AMLdisease. This pilot study evaluated newly diagnosed and post-induction or consolidation chemotherapy of AMLpatients who were registered with the Oncology Clinics of the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi. High WT1 burden (> 5000 copies/ml) in 2 patients was indicative of early recurrence of the disease along with shorter disease-free and overall survival. Low WT1 expression (< 200 copies/ml) in 2 patients after induction and consolidation therapy, respectively, was suggestive of better prognosis.
JCPSP: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan
(2016). Assessment of WT1 expression as a marker of treatment outcome in karyotype normal acute myeloid leukemia patients in Pakistan. JCPSP: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, 26(5), 441-442.
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