Acute promyelocytic leukemia
Other Names for this Disease
- Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 3
- Acute myeloid leukemia with t(15;17)(q22;q12);(PML/RARalpha) and variants
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Acute promyelocytic leukemia is not inherited. The condition arises from a translocation in some of the body's cells (somatic cells) that occurs after conception. This is referred to as a somatic mutation. Somatic mutations may affect the individual by causing cancers or other diseases, but they are not passed on to offspring.
Last updated: 2/6/2012
- Acute promyelocytic leukemia. Genetics Home Reference. April 2011; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/acute-promyelocytic-leukemia. Accessed 2/6/2012.