A 61-year-old woman with chronic-type adult T-cell leukemia-lymphoma (ATL) had been taking low-dose oral etoposide for progressive lymphocytosis. After taking this for 3.5 years, she was diagnosed with therapy-related acute myeloid leukemia (t-AML), with a chromosomal translocation of t (6:11) (q27; q23). She thus received remission induction therapy, consolidation therapy, and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Although both t-AML and ATL were in remissive states, she died of a therapy-related infection within 1 year. We reviewed 12 reported cases of AML complicating ATL to better characterize this unusual disease. We should therefore include t-AML in the differential diagnosis when administering low-dose etoposide for ATL over a long period of time.
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