International Journal of Hematology

DOI: 10.1007/s12185-018-2511-6 Pages: 640-646

Chronic myelogenous leukemia presenting with central nervous system infiltration, successfully treated with central nervous system-directed chemotherapy followed by allogeneic stem cell transplantation

1. The University of Tokyo, Department of Hematology and Oncology, Graduate School of Medicine

2. The University of Tokyo Hospital, Department of Cell Therapy and Transplantation Medicine

Correspondence to:
Mineo Kurokawa
Tel: +81-3-5800-9092



With the introduction of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), prognosis of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) has improved dramatically. However, treatment for blast phase (BP) CML remains a challenge. CML infiltration of the central nervous system (CNS) is particularly rare and no effective treatment strategy has been established. The present case reports a 30-year-old man presenting with sensory deafness. Marked leukocytosis with p210 BCR-ABL1 mRNA positivity and Philadelphia chromosome detected by bone marrow biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of CML. Dura thickening in brain MRI and immature cells with Philadelphia chromosome in spinal fluid confirmed CNS invasion of CML and he was diagnosed with BP-CML. Two cycles of hyper-CVAD/MA (cyclophosphamide, vincristine, doxorubicin and dexamethasone/ high-dose methotrexate and cytarabine) therapy with dasatinib and concomitant intrathecal chemotherapy induced complete cytogenetic response and remission of CNS involvement. Bone marrow transplantation from an unrelated HLA-mismatched donor was performed and complete molecular response in bone marrow and complete remission in CNS disease was achieved. To our knowledge, this the first report of BP-CML with CNS infiltration at initial diagnosis, and shows that CNS-directed chemotherapy with dasatinib followed by allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is useful in the treatment for BP-CML with CNS invasion in the TKI era.

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