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Precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia presenting with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis

Maureen M O'Brien, Youngna Lee-Kim, Tracy I George, Kenneth L McClain, Clare J Twist, Michael Jeng
Pediatric Blood & Cancer 2008, 50 (2): 381-3
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Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a hyperinflammatory syndrome which can be an inherited congenital disorder or can develop secondary to malignancy, infection, or autoimmune disease. Secondary HLH due to malignancy occurs most commonly with T or NK-cell lymphoid neoplasms. HLH with B-cell malignancies is less common and HLH has rarely been described in association with precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL). We report three cases of HLH associated with B-ALL and review 17 cases of ALL-associated HLH previously reported in the literature.

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