Loss of blast heterogeneity in myelodysplastic syndrome and other chronic myeloid neoplasms

Dragan Jevremovic, Michael M. Timm, Kaaren K. Reichard, William G. Morice, Curtis A. Hanson, David S. Viswanatha, Matthew T. Howard, Phuong L. Nguyen

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Objectives: Flow cytometry immunophenotyping has been suggested as an adjunctive technique in the evaluation of myeloid malignancies, especially in the myelodysplastic syndromes. However, its use has been limited due to complexity and cost restraints. The goal of this study is to attempt a simpler approach to flow cytometry immunophenotyping in myeloid neoplasms.

Methods: We analyzed bone marrow specimens of 45 selected patients and an additional 99 consecutive random patients using a limited antibody panel.

Results: Normal CD34-positive blasts show a characteristic pattern of CD13/HLA-DR expression, with three readily identifiable subpopulations. In contrast, myeloid neoplasms frequently show loss of this heterogeneity.

Conclusions: Analysis of a limited antibody panel with a focus on CD13/HLA-DR expression provides relatively high specificity and sensitivity for the detection of myeloid neoplasms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-298
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of clinical pathology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014


  • Blasts
  • Flow cytometry
  • MDS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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