Author(s): Kvasnicka HM, Thiele J
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Abstract The concept of prodromal chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms has been endorsed by the WHO classification implicating a stepwise evolution of disease. Histology of the bone marrow (BM) and borderline to mildly expressed clinical features play a pivotal role for diagnosing prefibrotic-early primary myelofibrosis. By lowering the platelet count for essential thrombocythemia and regarding BM morphology, early manifestations are tackled. Pre-polycythemic stages of polycythemia vera with a low hemoglobin level at onset are diagnosed by positive JAK2V617F mutation status, a low erythropoietin value, and characteristic BM features. The revised WHO classification incorporates hematological, morphological, and molecular-genetic parameters to generate a consensus-based working diagnosis. (c) 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
This article was published in Am J Hematol
and referenced in Journal of Hematology & Thromboembolic Diseases