Prognostic Significance of Monosomal Karyotype in Adult Patients With Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treated With Risk-Adapted Protocols

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The clinical association of monosomal karyotype (MK) status in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients and variations in practice protocols has not been well reported. This study evaluated outcome in 225 AML patients with MK-positive or -negative status with a minimum of 2 years' follow-up. Results showed that the distribution of MK positivity increased with age and was related to complete remission. Consolidated therapy could provide optimal outcome.


The monosomal karyotype (MK) is a well-known adverse prognostic factor and has been found to be related to poor outcome in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, the outcome in MK-positive AML patients undergoing different therapies has not been well investigated.

Patients and Methods:

We retrospectively analyzed clinical and laboratory features in 225 MK-positive AML patients. Clinical outcome of overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) was evaluated in patients according to age group and in patients who received different therapy protocols.


The proportion of MK-positive patients increased along with age. Also, patients who were treated with high-dose cytarabine (HD-Ara-C) as consolidation therapy followed by allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) demonstrated longer OS and DFS compared to allo-HSCT or HD-Ara-C alone. Patients treated with allo-HSCT alone exhibited longer DFS compared to patients treated with HD-Ara-C alone. No difference in OS was discovered between these 2 single protocols.


MK was associated with a lower complete remission rate. HD-Ara-C therapy followed by allo-HSCT could improve the prognosis of MK-positive AML patients.

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