Francesca Pierdomenico

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Acute erythroleukemia (AEL) is a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) often associated with a poor prognosis. It is more frequent in elderly patients, limiting the use aggressive therapies. Azacitidine is a hypomethylating agent with recognized efficacy in high risk myelodysplasia and AML in the elderly. Here we report 5 cases of AEL treated with(More)
Higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are aggressive disorders with rapid progression to AML and short survival. Azacitidine has shown unprecedented survival advantage in these patients but its treatment schedule involves daily hospital administrations for 7 days every 4 weeks. Due to patient and staffing constraints, we have treated 50 patients with(More)
Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) is a clinically heterogeneous disease, with no standard treatment. We present the outcome of ten patients diagnosed with CMML and treated with AZA in our institutions between 2005 and 2010. All patients were transfusion dependent at the time of initiation of therapy. The overall response rate was 60%. Responses were(More)
Retrospective data was collected from 77 elderly acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients treated with Azacitidine (AZA) and 50 elderly AML patients treated with intensive chemotherapy (IC) from 4 Portuguese Hospitals. Median OS was 10.6 months in those receiving AZA as 1st line. Response (overall response rate 44%) had a significant impact on overall survival(More)
Burkitt's lymphoma (BL) is an aggressive B-cell malignancy with very high proliferation rate, more common in males than females. Here, we describe a case of Burkitt's lymphoma in a 24-week pregnant woman with cervical and abdominal involvement. The common genetic event of virtually all BL is a reciprocal chromosomal translocation involving the(More)
1 Egas Moniz, Health Sciences Institute, Quinta da Granja, Monte de Caparica, 2829-511 Caparica, Portugal 2 Serviço de Hematologia, Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil EPE, Rua Professor Lima Basto, 1099-023 Lisboa, Portugal 3 Serviço de Anatomia Patológica, Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil EPE, Rua(More)
Schnitzler syndrome is a rare acquired systemic disease with a chronic evolution and difficult treatment. We report a 50-year-old woman with Schnitzler syndrome for 10 years, with major impact on her quality of life and refractory to conventional therapies. The patient was started on anakinra, an IL-1 receptor antagonist, with a rapid and sustained(More)
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