Combination of imatinib and anagrelide in treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia in blastic phase

Authors: J. Voglová 1;  V. Maisnar 1;  M. Beránek 2;  L. Chrobák 1
Authors‘ workplace: Oddělení klinické hematologie II. interní kliniky Lékařské fakulty UK a FN Hradec Králové, přednosta prof. MUDr. Jaroslav Malý, CSc. 1;  Ústav klinické biochemie a diagnostiky Lékařské fakulty UK a FN Hradec Králové, přednosta prof. MUDr. Vladimír Palička, CSc. 2
Published in: Vnitř Lék 2006; 52(9): 819-822
Category: Case Report


Chronic myeloid leukemia in blast phase (BP) is resistant to chemotherapy and majority of patients die within 6 months. Inhibitor Bcr-Abl tyrosine kinase imatinib mesylate dramatically improved outcome of patients in chronic phase (CP) and is also effective in BP of CML. The prognosis of patients treated with imatinib in BP is worse than in CP. High platelet counts are often observed at diagnosis or in the subsequent course of the CML in about 25 % of patients. Thrombohemorrhagic complications associated with the thrombocythemia may be serious. Anagrelide selectively reduces circulating platelets and is used in treatment of thrombocythemia in chronic myeloproliferative disorders. Efficacy and safety of combination imatinib mesylate with anagrelide was demonstrated in chronic and accelerated phase of CML. No study about the use of imatinib with anagrelide in BP has been found. 51-year-old white man with CML presented in blast phase was followed for 4 years. Imatinib mesylate in dose of 600 mg p.o. qd. was administered after the failure of initial chemotherapy. The patient was treated with imatinib for 45 months, 14.5 months in combination with anagrelide. Partial hematologic response in duration of 33 months was induced by imatinib, cytogenetic response was not reached. Imatinib-resistant thrombocythemia was controlled with anagrelide in dose of 0.5 - 1 mg p.o. qd. No thrombohemorrhagic complications were observed. The patient tolerated the combination of imatinib and anagrelide well and long-term survival gave him the chance of treatment with the new tyrosin kinase inhibitor (Dasatinib).

Key words:
chronic myeloid leukemia - blast phase - imatinib - anagrelide - therapy - thrombocythemia


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