Primary myelofibrosis (PMF), post polycythemia vera myelofibrosis (post-PV MF), post essential thrombocythemia myelofibrosis (post-ET MF), blast phase PMF (PMF-BP): Consensus on terminology by the international working group for myelofibrosis research and treatment (IWG-MRT)

Leuk Res. 2007 Jun;31(6):737-40. doi: 10.1016/j.leukres.2006.12.002. Epub 2007 Jan 8.


The International Working Group for Myelofibrosis Research and Treatment (IWG-MRT) is comprised of hematologists, hematopathologists, and laboratory scientists and its main goal is to provide a forum for scientific exchange and collaboration. During its first general meeting in April 2006, the IWG-MRT established uniform treatment response criteria for chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis (CIMF); also known as agnogenic myeloid metaplasia (AMM), myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia (MMM), and many other names in the hematologic literature. This document summarizes the proceedings from the second meeting of the IWG-MRT, in November 2006, where the group discussed and agreed to standardize the nomenclature referring to CIMF: (i) the term primary myelofibrosis (PMF) was chosen over several other designations including CIMF, AMM, and MMM, (ii) myelofibrosis that develops in the setting of either polycythemia vera (PV) or essential thrombocythemia (ET) will be referred to as post-PV MF and post-ET MF, respectively, and (iii) "leukemic" transformation will be recognized as blast phase disease (PMF-BP, post-PV/ET MF in blast phase).

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blast Crisis* / classification
  • Blast Crisis* / pathology
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / classification
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / pathology
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Polycythemia Vera* / classification
  • Polycythemia Vera* / pathology
  • Primary Myelofibrosis* / classification
  • Primary Myelofibrosis* / pathology
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Thrombocythemia, Essential / classification
  • Thrombocythemia, Essential / pathology