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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 132-134

Sole acquired trisomy 21 in a case of CD7 and CD10 positive acute myeloid leukemia

1 Department of Hematology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Immunology & Molecular biology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India

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R Naithani
Department of Hematology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.44073

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Naithani R, Singhal D, Kumar R, Raina V, Saxena R, Anand H. Sole acquired trisomy 21 in a case of CD7 and CD10 positive acute myeloid leukemia. Indian J Cancer 2008;45:132-4

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Naithani R, Singhal D, Kumar R, Raina V, Saxena R, Anand H. Sole acquired trisomy 21 in a case of CD7 and CD10 positive acute myeloid leukemia. Indian J Cancer [serial online] 2008 [cited 2022 Dec 2];45:132-4. Available from:


A 52-year-old lady presented with fever and pallor since two months. She had bilateral cervical lymph node enlargement, gum hypertrophy, subconjunctival hemorrhage and sternal tenderness. Liver was enlarged 3 cm below costal margin. Spleen was not palpable. Her hemoglobin (Hb) 83g/L, total leukocyte count (TLC) 138.9 x 10 9 /L and platelet count was 31 x 10 9 /L. Peripheral smear showed 96% blasts. The bone marrow aspirate showed a hypercellular marrow with 96% blasts with  Auer rods More Details. These blasts were myeloperoxidase, sudan black and non-specific esterase positive. These blasts were CD 33 and HLA DR positive. There was a co expression of CD7 and CD 10.

The 48h unstimulated culture-GTG banding demonstrated 47, XX, +21 in 100% cells examined [Figure 1]. There were no signs of Down's syndrome in this lady.

Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) done on buccal smears using the probe LSI 21 for 21q22.13-q22.2-region spectrum orange (Vysis, USA) showed that there was no aneuploidy of Chromosome 21 [Figure 2]. This was done to rule out congenital mosaic. FISH was negative for inv (16) (p13q22) & t (16; 16) (p13q22). Thus a final diagnosis of Acute myeloid leukemia (AML-M4) with sole acquired +21 was made.

She was given standard 3+7 chemotherapy. Her neutrophils recovered on day 27 and platelet counts recovered on day 37. A bone marrow aspirate done on day 36 showed her disease to be in remission. She was then given consolidation therapy with high dose cytarabine. Dose was not reduced and she tolerated it well.

Trisomy 21 (+21) in AML is usually present in conjunction with other cytogenetic changes, whose presence rather than +21 determines the clinical outcome. The incidence of +21 as a sole abnormality was between 0.3% in all patients with AML. [1],[2],[3],[4] Morphologically, AML with +21 as a sole abnormality preferentially shows M2 or M4 phenotypes according to the FAB classification. [1],[2],[3],[4] Cells trisomic for Chromosome 21 could be over-proliferating due to enhanced expression of a tumourigenic protein coded by a Chromosome 21 genes. [1]

Expression of lymphoid antigens is common in AML. CD 2 is expressed in 16-21% and CD 19 in 7-14%. Co expression of CD 7 on leukemic blasts has been documented in approximately 15% of AML. [2] A high incidence of co-expression of CD 7 has been documented in the overall Down syndrome patients with leukemia. CD 10 has been occasionally reported in AML [5] . The prognostic value of CD 7 and CD 10 expression in AML, however, is unclear. CD 7+ AML patients have a significantly lower response rate and poorer prognosis than CD 7- AML patients [Table 1]. [5]

Similarly, AML patients with acquired +21 as sole abnormality have been considered to have a poor prognosis. [1] However, patients have shown CR and good prognostic indication. [2],[3] Co-expression of CD 7 is probably indicative of the very early stage at which the cell became malignant. [4]

We conclude that sole acquired +21 with co-expression of CD 7 in AML is a rare phenomenon. Further data is required to assess the prognostic significance of CD 7 in this subgroup.

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2.Kondo H, Kobayashi A, Iwasaki H. Trisomy 21 as the sole acquired karyotypic abnormality in an adult patient with CD7-positive acute myeloid leukemia. Cancer Genet Cytogenet 2001;127:77-9.  Back to cited text no. 2  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]
3.Yamamoto K, Nagata K, Hamaguchi H. A new case of CD7-positive acute myeloblastic leukemia with trisomy 21 as a sole acquired abnormality. Cancer Genet Cytogenet 2002;133:183-4.  Back to cited text no. 3  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]
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