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Acute promyelocytic leukemia

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Acute promyelocytic leukemia is an aggressive type of acute myeloid leukemia in which there are too many immature blood-forming cells in the blood and bone marrow.[1][2] It is usually marked by a translocation of chromosomes 15 and 17.[2] Acute promyelocytic leukemia usually occurs in middle-aged adults. Symptoms may include both bleeding and forming blood clots.[1]
Last updated: 6/23/2011


  1. General Information About Adult Myeloid Leukemia. National Cancer Institute (NCI). 2009; Accessed 6/23/2011.
  2. Acute promyelocytic leukemia. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). April 2011; Accessed 6/23/2011.
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