Clinical significance of the cytogenetics of acute leukemias.

Numerous chromosome abnormalities are repeatedly found in the acute leukemias. These abnormalities have both diagnostic and prognostic utility. Some abnormalities, such as the t(4;11) (q21;q23) and t(9;22) (q34;q11) are found in both lymphoid and myeloid leukemias. In both disorders, these rearrangements are associated with a poor prognosis. Some… (More)