Transient Myeloproliferative Disorder in Neonates With and Without Down Syndrome: A Tale of 2 Syndromes

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Transient myeloproliferative disorder (TMD) in newborns with Down syndrome (DS) has been well described. We report 4 newborns, 2 with DS and 2 without DS, who developed TMD. One newborn with DS developed multiorgan failure and died despite treatment with low-dose cytarabine. In 3 newborns, the TMD resolved spontaneously. Two of these patients, 1 with and 1 without DS developed leukemia on subsequent follow-up and were treated successfully. We reviewed the clinical and laboratory data on 14 non-DS infants with TMD reported in the literature. According to limited data, these patients are more likely to develop leukemia than DS patients, however their outcome is better.

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