Revised cytogenetic risk stratification in primary myelofibrosis: Analysis based on 1002 informative patients

Ayalew Tefferi, Maura Nicolosi, Mythri Mudireddy, Terra L. Lasho, Naseema Gangat, Kebede H. Begna, Curtis A. Hanson, Rhett P. Ketterling, Animesh Pardanani

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Current cytogenetic risk stratification in primary myelofibrosis (PMF) is two-tiered: 'favorable' and 'unfavorable'. Recent studies have suggested prognostic heterogeneity within the unfavorable risk category. In 1002 consecutive patients, we performed stepwise analysis of impact on survival from individual and prognostically ordered cytogenetic abnormalities, leading to a revised three-tiered risk model: 'very high risk (VHR)' - single/multiple abnormalities of -7, i(17q), inv(3)/3q21, 12p-/12p11.2, 11q-/11q23, or other autosomal trisomies not including + 8/ + 9 (e.g., +21, +19); 'favorable' - normal karyotype or sole abnormalities of 13q-, +9, 20q-, chromosome 1 translocation/duplication or sex chromosome abnormality including -Y; 'unfavorable' - all other abnormalities. Median survivals for VHR (n = 75), unfavorable (n = 190) and favorable (n = 737) risk categories were 1.2 (HR 3.8, 95% CI 2.9-4.9), 2.9 (HR 1.7, 95% CI 1.4-2.0) and 4.4 years and survival impact was independent of clinically derived prognostic systems, driver and ASXL1/SRSF2 mutations. The revised model was also effective in predicting leukemic transformation: HRs (95% CI) were 4.4 (2.0-9.4) for VHR and 2.0 (1.2-3.4) for unfavorable. The impact of driver mutations on survival was confined to favorable and that of ASXL1/SRSF2 mutations to favorable/unfavorable cytogenetic risk categories. The current study clarifies the prognostic hierarchy of genetic risk factors in PMF and provides a more refined three-tiered cytogenetic risk model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1189-1199
Number of pages11
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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