Case Reports in Hematology http://www.hindawi.com The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2016 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. RSV-Related Thrombocytopenia Associated with Transient Cytogenetic Abnormalities in a Recipient of Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:17:03 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2016/8628507/ Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections are associated with thrombocytopenia. The underlying mechanism of thrombocytopenia in this setting is unknown. Herein, we report a case of RSV-related thrombocytopenia associated with transient cytogenetic abnormalities that occurred following umbilical cord blood transplantation. Sabita D. Pokhrel, Diane L. Persons, and Omar S. Aljitawi Copyright © 2016 Sabita D. Pokhrel et al. All rights reserved. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Arising in CALR Mutated Essential Thrombocythemia Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:27:21 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2016/6545861/ The development of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in an existing myeloproliferative neoplasm is rare with historical cases unable to differentiate between concomitant malignancies or leukemic transformation. Molecular studies of coexisting JAK2 V617F-positive myeloproliferative neoplasms and mature B cell malignancies indicate distinct disease entities arising in myeloid and lymphoid committed hematopoietic progenitor cells, respectively. Mutations of CALR in essential thrombocythemia appear to be associated with a distinct phenotype and a lower risk of thrombosis yet their impact on disease progression is less well defined. The as yet undescribed scenario of pro-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia arising in CALR mutated essential thrombocythemia is presented. Intensive treatment for the leukemia allowed for expansion of the original CALR mutated clone. Whether CALR mutations in myeloproliferative neoplasms predispose to the acquisition of additional malignancies, particularly lymphoproliferative disorders, is not yet known. Stephen E. Langabeer, Karl Haslam, David O’Brien, Johanna Kelly, Claire Andrews, Ciara Ryan, Richard Flavin, Patrick J. Hayden, and Christopher L. Bacon Copyright © 2016 Stephen E. Langabeer et al. All rights reserved. T Cell/Histiocyte-Rich Large B Cell Lymphoma of the Thymus: A Diagnostic Pitfall Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:08:01 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2016/2942594/ T cell/histiocyte-rich large B cell lymphoma (THRLBCL) is predominantly a nodal disease, with extranodal involvement, such as bone marrow, spleen, and liver. However, primary THRLBCL has never been reported in the thymus in the English literature. Here we report a case of THRLBCL presenting as mediastinal mass and lymphadenopathy. Based on the frozen section diagnosis of “thymoma,” a 12 cm mass was excised. A year later she developed multiple enlarged lymph nodes and pulmonary nodules. Consultant review of the excised mediastinal mass showed scattered large atypical cells that were CD20+ and PAX-5+ and negative for pan-cytokeratin, AE1, and AE3, compatible with THRLBCL and excluding thymoma. The excised lymph nodes were replaced by diffuse infiltrate of small CD3+ lymphocytes and histiocytes with intermingled large CD20+ B lymphoma cells scattered throughout the section. A diagnosis of THRLBCL was made in lymph node, similar to previous thymic lesion. A clonal rearrangement of immunoglobulin heavy chain (IGH) gene was detected, further supporting the diagnosis. This is the first reported case of THRLBCL in thymus. Correct recognition of this entity is critical, because of the difference in therapeutic impact on these patients. Jie Xu, Xiaojun Wu, and Vishnu Reddy Copyright © 2016 Jie Xu et al. All rights reserved. Higher Risk Myelodysplastic Syndromes in Patients with Well-Controlled HIV Infection: Clinical Features, Treatment, and Outcome Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:52:57 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2016/8502641/ Introduction. In advanced HIV prior to combination antiretroviral therapy (ART), dysplastic marrow changes occurred and resolved with ART. Few reports of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) in well-controlled HIV exist and management is undefined. Methods. Patients with well-controlled HIV and higher risk MDS were identified; characteristics, treatment, and outcomes were reviewed. Results. Of 292 MDS patients since 1996, 1 (0.3%) was HIV-positive. A 56-year-old woman presented with cytopenias. CD4 was 1310 cells/mL and HIV viral load <40 copies/mL. Bone marrow biopsy showed RCMD and karyotype included del(5q) and del(7q); IPSS was intermediate-2 risk. She received azacitidine at 75% dose. Cycle 2, at full dose, was complicated by marrow aplasia and possible AML; she elected palliation. Three additional HIV patients with higher risk MDS, aged 56–64, were identified from the literature. All had deletions involving chromosomes 5 and 7. MDS treatment of 2 was not reported and one received palliation; all died of AML. Conclusion. Four higher risk MDS in well-controlled HIV were below the median age of diagnosis for HIV-negative patients; all had adverse karyotype. This is the first report of an HIV patient receiving MDS treatment with azacitidine. Cytopenias were profound and dosing in HIV patients should be considered with caution. Bradley T. Williamson and Heather A. Leitch Copyright © 2016 Bradley T. Williamson and Heather A. Leitch. All rights reserved. Primary Myelofibrosis Presenting as Extramedullary Hematopoiesis in a Transplanted Liver Graft: Case Report and Review of the Literature Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:55:05 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2016/9515404/ Primary myelofibrosis (PMF) commonly results in extramedullary hematopoiesis (EMH) in the spleen and liver as well as a variety of other organs. We present a first report of a unique presentation of PMF in a liver transplant recipient patient as EMH in the transplanted liver graft. A 76-year-old man with history of cryptogenic cirrhosis received cadaveric liver transplantation in 1996. He maintained a normal graft function and stable hematologic parameters until 2013 when he presented with anemia and progressive fatigue. Extensive work-up did not identify the etiology of the recent decline in his hemoglobin; thus a liver biopsy was done which showed findings of EMH within the sinusoids with increased megakaryocytes, some with atypical morphology. A BM biopsy revealed a hypercellular marrow, moderately increased reticulin fibrosis, and features consistent with primary myelofibrosis. Abdominal imaging showed a normal-size spleen and did not identify any sites of EMH outside of the liver. The diagnosis of myelofibrosis was thus made, and this case demonstrated predominant tropism to a transplanted liver graft with absence of EMH elsewhere. We would thus like to emphasize that findings of EMH in subjects with no preexisting hematologic neoplasm should warrant close follow-up and assessment. Ghulam Rehman Mohyuddin and Abdulraheem Yacoub Copyright © 2016 Ghulam Rehman Mohyuddin and Abdulraheem Yacoub. All rights reserved. Massive Retroperitoneal Hemorrhage as an Initial Presentation of a Rare and Aggressive Form of Multiple Myeloma Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:11:35 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2016/8206826/ Multiple myeloma, a plasma cell neoplasm, presents most commonly with anemia, hypercalcemia, renal failure, and bone pain. Only few cases of clinical aggressive presentation associated with bleeding were reported in the medical literature. The reported cases included gastrointestinal bleeding and cardiac tamponade. Spontaneous retroperitoneal haemorrhage as initial presentation has not been so far reported. We hereby report a case of a 64-year-old female who was found to have catastrophic hemorrhage in the retroperitoneal region that extended into intrathecal space causing cord compression. The case posed a significant diagnostic and management dilemma. This case emphasizes the need to think broadly and include multiple myeloma in the diagnosis of unexplained massive retroperitoneal bleeding. Aydah Alawadhi and Laszlo Leb Copyright © 2016 Aydah Alawadhi and Laszlo Leb. All rights reserved. Light Chain Escape in 3 Cases: Evidence of Intraclonal Heterogeneity in Multiple Myeloma from a Single Institution in Poland Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:24:47 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/809840/ We report three cases of light chain escape (LCE) at a single institution in Poland, including an interesting case of biclonal monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) that satisfied the criteria for progression to light chain multiple myeloma (LCMM) with a rapid rise in serum free light chain (FLC) levels, following steroidal treatment for simultaneous temporal artery inflammation and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). In the three cases discussed, progression of the disease by light chain escape was associated with rapid and severe renal impairment, highlighting the necessity for prompt detection of such free light chain-only producing clones in order to prevent the possible development of irreversible end-organ damage. Interestingly, monitoring of these three patients by serum free light chain assay (sFLC) and retrospective heavy/light chain analysis (HLC) detected this clonal evolution prior to clinical relapse and suggests that these assays represent important additional tools for more accurate monitoring of multiple myeloma patients. Maria Kraj, Barbara Kruk, Kelly Endean, Krzysztof Warzocha, Katarzyna Budziszewska, and Monika Dąbrowska Copyright © 2015 Maria Kraj et al. All rights reserved. Donor Cell Myeloid Sarcoma in an Umbilical Cord Transplant Patient: A Case Report and a Review of the Literature Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:22:25 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/186869/ Donor cell leukemia (DCL) represents a rare complication of allogeneic transplantation. The precise incidence remains unclear, though it may be higher following umbilical cord blood transplants. Here, we present an unusual case of a patient with B-ALL who presented with a donor derived myeloid sarcoma of the heart following a double cord blood transplant. To our knowledge, it is the first case of sarcomatous or chloromatous presentation of DCL following a UCBT. Christi Hayes, Bruce Petersen, and Adriana Malone Copyright © 2015 Christi Hayes et al. All rights reserved. Acute Unilateral Blindness from Superior Ophthalmic Vein Thrombosis: A Rare Presentation of Nephrotic Syndrome from Class IV Lupus Nephritis in the Absence of Antiphospholipid or Anticardiolipin Syndrome Mon, 21 Dec 2015 14:10:45 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/413975/ Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are at high risk of arterial and venous thrombosis secondary to anti-phospholipid antibodies. Herein, we are presenting an interesting case of venous thrombosis in a patient with SLE in the absence of anti-phospholipid antibodies. Firas Baidoun, Rommy Issa, Robert Ali, and Bashar Al-Turk Copyright © 2015 Firas Baidoun et al. All rights reserved. Translocation (6;15)(q12;q15): A Novel Mutation in a Patient with Therapy-Related Myelodysplastic Syndrome Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:35:48 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/318545/ Most myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) present with loss or gain of chromosomal material and less commonly show translocations as a sole abnormality. In addition, certain translocations are more commonly seen in MDS than others, but to our knowledge, the presence of t(6;15) has not been reported in MDS, specifically therapy-related MDS (t-MDS) cases. Patients with t-MDS, a group of heterogeneous stem cell related disorders resulting as a latent complication of cytotoxic and/or radiation therapy, generally tend to have a poorer prognosis than de novo MDS. We present a unique case of a patient who initially presented with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with a normal karyotype and FLT3-ITD and NPM1 mutations. The patient was successfully treated with chemotherapy and an autologous bone marrow transplant but subsequently developed a new FLT3-ITD negative t-MDS with a unique translocation, t(6;15)(q12;q15), three years after transplant. To our knowledge, this unique sole translocation has never been reported in MDS or t-MDS and given her successful response to treatment and remission, presence of this translocation may have some prognostic value. Saba F. Ali, Rebecca J. Sonu, Denis M. Dwyre, Brian A. Jonas, and Hooman H. Rashidi Copyright © 2015 Saba F. Ali et al. All rights reserved. Pulmonary Complications of Azanucleoside Therapy in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Sun, 20 Dec 2015 14:28:28 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/357461/ Our primary aim was to identify potential risk factors and clinical outcome of azanucleoside induced pulmonary complications in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). We present an 89-year-old female with MDS derived AML who developed fatigability, hypoxemia, and bilateral lung infiltrates indicating interstitial lung disease after 11 cycles of azanucleoside. In addition, we describe a cohort of six MDS patients with fever, cough, dyspnea, and pulmonary infiltrates at early time point during azanucleoside treatment. Early and late onset of pulmonary manifestations suggest different pathogenic mechanisms. Brief azanucleoside discontinuation and steroids led to rapid improvement in symptoms. Manuel Molina, Sarvari Yellapragada, Martha Mims, Effie Rahman, and Gustavo Rivero Copyright © 2015 Manuel Molina et al. All rights reserved. Hairy Cell Leukemia Presenting with Isolated Skeletal Involvement Successfully Treated by Radiation Therapy and Cladribine: A Case Report and Review of the Literature Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:29:18 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/803921/ We describe an unusual case of hairy cell leukemia (HCL) in a 55-year-old male presenting with isolated skeletal disease as the initial manifestation without abnormal peripheral blood counts, bone marrow involvement, or splenomegaly. To the best of our knowledge, there have been only two previous reports of a similar case. The patient presented with pain in the right femur. Anteroposterior radiographs of both femurs revealed mixed lytic-sclerotic lesions. PET scan showed multiple metastatic lesions on axial skeleton, pelvis, and both femurs. Histopathological examination of the bone biopsy revealed an infiltrate of HCL. Localized radiation therapy to both proximal femurs and subsequently 4 weeks later, a 7-day course of 0.1 mg/kg/day cladribine provided complete remission with relief of symptoms and resolution of bone lesions. We addressed the manifestations and management of HCL patients with skeletal involvement. Ipek Yonal-Hindilerden, Fehmi Hindilerden, Sanem Bulut-Dereli, Eren Yıldız, Ibrahim Oner Dogan, and Meliha Nalcaci Copyright © 2015 Ipek Yonal-Hindilerden et al. All rights reserved. Aberrant “Barbed-Wire” Nuclear Projections of Neutrophils in Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) Sun, 06 Dec 2015 05:48:02 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/163857/ We discuss the significance of neutrophils with increased, aberrant nuclear projections mimicking “barbed-wire” in a newborn child with trisomy 18 (T18). Increased, aberrant nuclear projections have been previously reported in trisomy of the D group of chromosomes (chromosomes 13, 14, and 15), and we report similar findings in a patient with T18. The peripheral blood smear showed relative neutrophilia with the majority (37%) of neutrophils showing two or more thin, rod-shaped or spike-shaped, and often pedunculated aberrant nuclear projections. The number of projections ranged from 2 to 6 per cell, averaged 2 per affected neutrophil, and ranged in length from 0.22 μm to 0.83 μm. This case confirms that the morphologic finding described is not restricted to trisomy of one of the chromosomes in group D, as implied in the literature. Basil M. Kahwash, Nicholas B. Nowacki, and Samir B. Kahwash Copyright © 2015 Basil M. Kahwash et al. All rights reserved. Successful Bosutinib Experience in an Elderly Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Patient with Suspected Central Nervous System Involvement Transformed from Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:45:51 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/689423/ Managing the blast phase in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is challenging because limited data are available for elderly patients. The involvement of the central nervous system (CNS) increases the risk of a poor prognosis. Here, we present an elderly blast phase CML patient with suspected CNS involvement who was successfully treated with bosutinib. Erden Atilla, Pinar Ataca, Elif Ozyurek, Ilhan Erden, and Gunhan Gurman Copyright © 2015 Erden Atilla et al. All rights reserved. Sinonasal Lymphoma Presenting as a Probable Sanctuary Site for Relapsed B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia: A Case Report and Review of the Literature Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:10:17 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/697957/ Sinonasal lymphoma is a non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) representing 1.5% of all lymphomas. It presents as an unremitting ulceration with progressive destruction of midline sinonasal and surrounding structures. Poor prognosis warrants early treatment although diagnosis is challenging and frequently delayed. It is usually primary in origin and to our knowledge the sinonasal region has never been reported as a sanctuary site in leukaemia/lymphoma relapse. We present a unique case of B-cell ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukaemia) with late relapse to the nasal septum as a sinonasal lymphoblastic lymphoma and with genetic support for this as a sanctuary site. W. Y. Lim, R. Care, M. Lau, S. Chiruka, and P. J. D. Dawes Copyright © 2015 W. Y. Lim et al. All rights reserved. Opportunistic Infections in Patients with HTLV-1 Infection Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:37:03 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/943867/ As an acquired immunodeficiency, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is primarily responsible for opportunistic infections in infected patients. However, opportunistic infections also occur in individuals with human T cell lymphotrophic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) infection. Here, we report opportunistic infections in two Japanese HTLV-1-seropositive patients. The first patient was a 67-year-old male, who had cytomegalovirus infection associated with esophagogastritis and terminal ileitis. The patient was HTLV-1-positive and was diagnosed with smoldering adult T cell leukemia (ATL). High levels of serum soluble IL-2 receptor (sIL-2R; 4,304 U/mL) and an increased percentage of CD4+CD25+ T cells (75.5%) in peripheral blood were also detected. The second patient was a 78-year-old female, a known asymptomatic HTLV-1 carrier, who presented with persistent herpes zoster, followed by Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia. Disease progression of smoldering ATL along opportunistic infections was observed with very high levels of serum sIL-2R (14,058 U/mL) and an increased percentage of CD4+CD25+ T cells (87.2%) in peripheral blood. In patients with suspected opportunistic infections, both HTLV-1 and HIV should be considered. In HTLV-1-positive patients, an increase in the CD4+CD25+ T cell subset may have its value as a prognostic marker. Toshiki Tanaka, Toshio Sekioka, Masakatsu Usui, and Shinsaku Imashuku Copyright © 2015 Toshiki Tanaka et al. All rights reserved. Aspergillus Thyroiditis after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Thu, 12 Nov 2015 06:53:56 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/537187/ Aspergillus thyroiditis is a rare disorder detected in immunocompromised patients during disseminated infections. Early management is essential to prevent high mortality. A 61-year-old allogeneic stem cell male recipient presented with painful thyroid nodular enlargement. He had low TSH and low free T4 levels. The thyroid ultrasound showed a hypoechoic nodule; biopsy indicated suppurative Aspergillus thyroiditis. He was successfully treated by amphotericin B. Pinar Ataca, Erden Atilla, Pelin Saracoglu, Gulden Yilmaz, Sinem Civriz Bozdag, Selami Kocak Toprak, Meltem Kurt Yuksel, Koray Ceyhan, and Pervin Topcuoglu Copyright © 2015 Pinar Ataca et al. All rights reserved. Aggressive FLC Escape in a Patient with IgD Myeloma Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:27:31 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/694730/ Background. Some patients who are stable or in remission from a myeloma secreting intact monoclonal immunoglobulin (+/− associated free light-chains (FLCs)) relapse with production of FLC. This FLC escape is one of the illustrations of the intraclonal heterogeneity of multiple myeloma. Results. We report FLC escape in a patient with IgD myeloma characterized by a severe outcome. We discuss parameters that negatively impacted prognosis in this patient, including bone lesions, biochemical parameters, and genomic abnormalities. Conclusion. This case illustrates the selective pressure exerted by therapeutic drugs and the variable sensitivity of subclones to these drugs; it also highlights the importance of FLC monitoring in treated MM patients. Cédric Farges, Murielle Roussel, Anne Huynh, Antoine Blancher, and Bénédicte Puissant-Lubrano Copyright © 2015 Cédric Farges et al. All rights reserved. Primary Hyperoxaluria Diagnosed Based on Bone Marrow Biopsy in Pancytopenic Adult with End Stage Renal Disease Sun, 08 Nov 2015 16:07:54 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/402947/ Inborn errors of metabolism cause increase of metabolites in serum and their deposition in various organs including bone marrow. Primary hyperoxaluria (PH) is a rare inborn error in the pathway of glyoxylate metabolism which causes excessive oxalate production. The disease is characterized by widespread deposition of calcium oxalate (oxalosis) in multiple organs. Urinary tract including renal parenchyma is the initial site of deposition followed by extrarenal organs such as bone marrow. This case report introduces a 54-year-old woman with end stage renal disease presenting with debilitating fatigue and pancytopenia. The remarkable point in her past medical history was recurrent episodes of nephrolithiasis, urolithiasis, and urinary tract infection since the age of 5 years and resultant end stage renal disease in adulthood in the absence of appropriate medical evaluation and treatment. She had an unsuccessful renal transplantation with transplant failure. The patient underwent bone marrow biopsy for evaluation of pancytopenia. Microscopic study of bone marrow biopsy led to the diagnosis of primary hyperoxaluria. Pardis Nematollahi and Fereshteh Mohammadizadeh Copyright © 2015 Pardis Nematollahi and Fereshteh Mohammadizadeh. All rights reserved. Late Onset and Protracted Course of Steroid Refractory Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease Tue, 03 Nov 2015 06:40:51 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/692175/ Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) is one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (aHSCT). Occurring in 30% to 70% of patients, cGVHD has a median time to onset of 4 to 6 months and most cases present within 2 years after aHSCT. Here, we present a patient transplanted at the age of 55 who developed refractory cutaneous cGVHD more than 5.5 years after aHSCT. Gursel Gunes, Haluk Demiroglu, Hakan Goker, Umit Yavuz Malkan, Eylem Eliacik, Okan Yayar, and Yahya Buyukasik Copyright © 2015 Gursel Gunes et al. All rights reserved. Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Hemoglobin H Disease Early Misdiagnosed as Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: A Series of Unfortunate Events Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:57:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/478151/ We herein would like to report an interesting case of a patient who presented with anemia and thrombocytopenia combined with high serum Lactic Dehydrogenase where Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura was originally considered. As indicated a central venous catheter was inserted in his subclavian vein which led to mediastinal hematoma and finally intubation and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) hospitalization. After further examination patient was finally diagnosed with B12 deficiency in a setting of H hemoglobinopathy. There have been previous reports where pernicious anemia was originally diagnosed and treated as Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura but there has been none to our knowledge that was implicated with hemothorax and ICU hospitalization or correlated with thalassemia and we discuss the significance of accurate diagnosis in order to avoid adverse reactions and therapy implications. Panagiotis Andreadis, Stamatia Theodoridou, Marily Pasakiotou, Stergios Arapoglou, Eleni Gigi, Evaggelia Vetsiou, and Efthymia Vlachaki Copyright © 2015 Panagiotis Andreadis et al. All rights reserved. RCSD1-ABL1 Translocation Associated with IKZF1 Gene Deletion in B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:53:12 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/353247/ The RCSD1 gene has recently been identified as a novel gene fusion partner of the ABL1 gene in cases of B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-ALL). The RCSD1 gene is located at 1q23 and ABL1 is located at 9q34, so that the RCSD1-ABL1 fusion typically arises through a rare reciprocal translocation t(1;9)(q23;q34). Only a small number of RCSD1-ABL1 positive cases of B-ALL have been described in the literature, and the full spectrum of clinical, morphological, immunophenotypic, and molecular features associated with this genetic abnormality has not been defined. We describe extensive genetic characterization of a case of B-ALL with RCSD1-ABL1 fusion, by using conventional cytogenetic analysis, Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) studies, and Chromosomal Microarray Analysis (CMA). The use of CMA resulted in detection of an approximately 70 kb deletion at 7p12.2, which caused a disruption of the IKZF1 gene. Deletions and mutations of IKZF1 are recurring abnormalities in B-ALL and are associated with a poor prognosis. Our findings highlight the association of the deletion of IKZF1 gene with the t(1;9)(q24;q34) and illustrate the importance of comprehensive cytogenetic and molecular evaluation for accurate prediction of prognosis in patients with B-cell ALL. Shawana Kamran, Gordana Raca, and Kamran Nazir Copyright © 2015 Shawana Kamran et al. All rights reserved. Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis in an Infant Mimicking a Lymphoma at Presentation Mon, 26 Oct 2015 07:27:45 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/670843/ Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare disorder characterized by proliferation and accumulation of clonal dendritic cells with varied clinical presentation and an unpredictable course. We report a 5-month-old infant with LCH who presented with severe respiratory distress, a large mediastinal mass, significant generalized lymphadenopathy, and hepatosplenomegaly. Lymphoma, especially T cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, can present with superior mediastinal syndrome needing urgent empirical therapy without biopsy. However, lack of response prompted a biopsy which confirmed it to be a case of LCH and that leads to appropriate therapy and survival. There have been reports of LCH presenting with isolated mediastinal mass or with generalized lymphadenopathy, but the combined presentation of generalized lymphadenopathy with large mediastinal mass, hepatosplenomegaly, and fever in an infant has rarely been reported. Conclusion. LCH should also be considered in the differential diagnosis of an infant presenting with generalized lymphadenopathy, mediastinal mass, hepatosplenomegaly, and fever. Anjan Madasu, Asim Noor Rana, Saleh Banat, Hani Humad, Rashid Mustafa, and Abdulrahman Mohd AlJassmi Copyright © 2015 Anjan Madasu et al. All rights reserved. Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia in a Patient with Essential Thrombocythemia: A Case Based Update Thu, 22 Oct 2015 07:56:06 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/985253/ Vascular thrombosis is a common clinical feature of both essential thrombocythemia (ET) and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). The development of HIT in a patient with ET is rare and underrecognized. We report the case of a 77-year-old woman with preexisting ET, who was admitted with acute coronary syndrome, and IV heparin was started. She was exposed to unfractionated heparin (UFH) 5 days prior to this admission. Decrease in platelet count was noted, and HIT panel was sent. Heparin was discontinued. Patient developed atrial fibrillation, and Dabigatran was started. On day three, patient also developed multiple tiny cerebral infarctions and acute right popliteal DVT. On day ten of admission, HIT panel was positive, and Dabigatran was changed to Lepirudin. Two days later, Lepirudin was also discontinued because patient developed pseudoaneurysm on the right common femoral artery at the site of cardiac catheterization access. A progressive increase in the platelet count was noted after discontinuing heparin. Physicians should be aware of the coexistence of HIT and ET, accompanied challenges of the prompt diagnosis, and initiation of appropriate treatment. Edva Noel, Naeem Abbas, Yevegeniy Skaradinskiy, and Zwi Schreiber Copyright © 2015 Edva Noel et al. All rights reserved. HbSC Disease and Spontaneous Epidural Hematoma with Kernohan’s Notch Phenomena Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:01:11 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/470873/ Spontaneous (nontraumatic) acute epidural hematoma is a rare and poorly understood complication of sickle cell disease. A 19-year-old African American male with hemoglobin SC disease (HbSC) presented with generalized body aches and was managed for acute painful crisis. During his hospital stay he developed rapid deterioration of his mental status and computed topography revealed a spontaneous massive epidural hematoma with mass effect and midline shift with Kernohan’s notch phenomena for which urgent craniotomy and evacuation was done. We report the first case of HbSC disease associated with catastrophic epidural hematoma progressing to transtentorial herniation and Kernohan’s notch phenomena within few hours with rapid clinical deterioration. The etiopathogenesis and the rare presentation are discussed in detail in this case report. Meera Yogarajah, Chidozie Charles Agu, Bhradeev Sivasambu, and Mark A. Mittler Copyright © 2015 Meera Yogarajah et al. All rights reserved. Acute Systolic Heart Failure Associated with Complement-Mediated Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Sun, 18 Oct 2015 15:25:03 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/327980/ Complement-mediated hemolytic uremic syndrome (otherwise known as atypical HUS) is a rare disorder of uncontrolled complement activation that may be associated with heart failure. We report the case of a 49-year-old female with no history of heart disease who presented with microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and acute kidney injury. Given her normal ADAMSTS13 activity, evidence of increased complement activation, and renal biopsy showing evidence of thrombotic microangiopathy, she was diagnosed with complement-mediated HUS. She subsequently developed acute hypoxemic respiratory failure secondary to pulmonary edema requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation. A transthoracic echocardiogram showed evidence of a Takotsubo cardiomyopathy with an estimated left ventricular ejection fraction of 20%, though ischemic cardiomyopathy could not be ruled out. Treatment was initiated with eculizumab. After several failed attempts at extubation, she eventually underwent tracheotomy. She also required hemodialysis to improve her uremia and hypervolemia. After seven weeks of hospitalization and five doses of eculizumab, her renal function and respiratory status improved, and she was discharged in stable condition on room air and independent of hemodialysis. Our case illustrates a rare association between acute systolic heart failure and complement-mediated HUS and highlights the potential of eculizumab in stabilizing even the most critically-ill patients with complement-mediated disease. John L. Vaughn, Jared M. Moore, and Spero R. Cataland Copyright © 2015 John L. Vaughn et al. All rights reserved. Rivaroxaban-Induced Nontraumatic Spinal Subdural Hematoma: An Uncommon Yet Life-Threatening Complication Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:53:47 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/275380/ In the last decade, the desire for safer oral anticoagulants (OACs) led to the emergence of newer drugs. Available clinical trials demonstrated a lower risk of OACs-associated life-threatening bleeding events, including intracranial hemorrhage, compared to warfarin. Nontraumatic spinal hematoma is an uncommon yet life-threatening neurosurgical emergency that can be associated with the use of these agents. Rivaroxaban, one of the newly approved OACs, is a direct factor Xa inhibitor. To the best of our knowledge, to date, only two published cases report the incidence of rivaroxaban-induced nontraumatic spinal subdural hematoma (SSDH). Our case is the third one described and the first one to involve the cervicothoracic spine. Mazen Zaarour, Samer Hassan, Nishitha Thumallapally, and Qun Dai Copyright © 2015 Mazen Zaarour et al. All rights reserved. Successful Treatment of Leukemic Mature B-Cell Lymphoid Neoplasm with Similar Features to Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma Possessing Aberrant Myeloid Markers Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:48:57 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/181263/ In splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL), there are cases that cannot accurately be classified as such because of overlapping morphologic and/or immunophenotypic features. We report here a 76-year-old Japanese female, who showed leukemic B-cell lymphoproliferative disease possessing characteristic features identified for SMZL. The patient was leukemic with white blood cell counts 49,400/µL (abnormal cells, 78.5%) and neoplastic cells were characterized by aberrant expression of myeloid markers with CD19+CD13+ (64.2%) and CD20+CD11c+ (25.1%). Considering her history of previous chemotherapy and systemic leukemic phase of the disease, we treated the patient without performing splenectomy, with successful use of a combination of rituximab/bendamustine hydrochloride and of rituximab/cladribine. The patient has been in a complete remission longer than 44 months, with no detectable M-protein. Shinsaku Imashuku, Naoko Kudo, Kagekatsu Kubo, and Katsuyasu Saigo Copyright © 2015 Shinsaku Imashuku et al. All rights reserved. Pneumatosis Intestinalis in a Patient with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:47:04 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/576042/ Pneumatosis Intestinalis is a rare condition characterized by the presence of gas within the intestinal wall. We describe a case of a 33-year-old woman with acute promyelocytic leukemia who developed nausea and nonbloody diarrhea. CT showed intramural air in transverse and descending colon. Patient clinically improved with conservative management. Abhishek Mangaonkar, Joshua Mansour, Ryan Keen, Tarun Kukkadapu, Rohini Chintalapally, and Vamsi Kota Copyright © 2015 Abhishek Mangaonkar et al. All rights reserved. A Case Report on the Progression of Myeloid Sarcoma to Form Multiple Metastatic Deposits without Developing Acute Myeloid Leukaemia Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:48:42 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2015/162154/ Introduction. Myeloid sarcomas (MS) are rare tumours occurring at extramedullary sites. They are usually associated with other haematology disorders such as acute myeloid leukaemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, and chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms. They frequently occur with a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) or with relapse of preexisting disease. Patients with myeloid sarcomas without history or evidence of myeloid leukaemia typically progress to form AML. Case Presentation. A case report of a patient diagnosed with an isolated myeloid sarcoma that rarely did not transform to AML but instead spread to form multiple myeloid sarcomas throughout the body. Discussion. This case identifies the risk of metastatic spread of these tumours rather than the development of AML which is poorly documented in the literature, due to the rarity of cases, and may be significant in the investigation and management of isolated myeloid sarcomas. This case highlights the need for clinicians to consider repeat cross-sectional imaging to investigate unexplained clinical decline or symptoms, when there is no sign of AML progression and to consider radiotherapy treatment early. Sunita Kohli, Mark Lee, and Scott Marshall Copyright © 2015 Sunita Kohli et al. All rights reserved.