Medline ® Abstract for Reference 61
Adult T-cell leukemia-lymphoma: a clinico-pathologic study of twenty-six patients from Martinique.
Plumelle Y, Pascaline N, Nguyen D, Panelatti G, Jouannelle A, Jouault H, Imbert M
Hematol Pathol. 1993;7(4):251.
Twenty-six cases of adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) were identified between 1983 and 1991 in Martinique (French West Indies). There were 14 men and 12 women, all of mixed racial descent and born in Martinique. Their ages ranged from 23 to 95 years. The main clinical and laboratory features at initial presentation were peripheral lymphadenopathy (22 cases), hepatomegaly (11 cases), splenomegaly (10 cases), cutaneous lesions (12 cases), hypercalcemia (16 cases), refractory infection by Strongyloides stercoralis (12 cases), and pre-existing autoimmune disorders (4 cases). All patients had absolute lymphocytosis with circulating pleomorphic abnormal lymphocytes. The prognosis was poor, with most patients (20 cases) surviving for less than 6 months. Although the overall clinicopathologic features of ATLL in this series are similar to those described in previous reports, we observed three additional points of interest: a high association with Strongyloides infection, an increased incidence of tropical spastic paresis/HTLV-1 associated myelopathy (TSP/HAM) among the relatives of the patients (5 cases), and the presence of prior collagen vascular diseases.
Hematology Laboratory, Regional Medical Center, Fort de France, Martinique.