Mixed-phenotype acute leukemia (MPAL) accounts for 1.2% to 5% of acute leukemia across age groups with intermediate prognosis. We evaluated clinicoepidemiologic profiles and outcomes of MPAL.
Records of children younger than 15 years of age with acute leukemia from January 2010 to December 2016 were reviewed on the basis of the MPAL WHO 2008 criteria. Treatment was uniform with a modified MCP-841 protocol. Descriptive analysis tools were used. Outcomes were measured by the Kaplan-Meier method on MedCalc, version 14.8.1.
Among 3830 children with acute leukemia in the study period, 2892 received treatment from our center, of whom 24 (0.83%) had MPAL, median age 9 years, with a male:female ratio of 3:1, and median white blood cell of 13.4×109/L. Common immunophenotypes were B/myeloid—12 (50%), T/myeloid—9 (37.5%), and B/T-lymphoid—3 (12.5%). Some B/myeloid cases had abnormal cytogenetics. Seventeen patients were evaluable for outcome. Sixteen patients underwent postinduction bone marrow and 13 (81%) achieved morphologic remission. Thirteen patients underwent flow cytometry–based minimal residual disease evaluation; 9 (69%) were <0.01% (4 postinduction, 5 postconsolidation), and 67% of these had sustained remission till the last follow-up. None underwent bone marrow transplant. The projected 3-year event-free and overall survival rates were 40% and 48%, respectively (median follow-up: 22 mo).
MPAL represented <1% of childhood acute leukemia. acute lymphoblastic leukemia–type chemotherapy that incorporated high-dose cytarabine was effective in achieving an minimal residual disease–negativity rate of 69% in evaluated patients, which was also predictive of better outcome.