Acute erythroblastic leukemia presenting as acute undifferentiated leukemia: a report of two cases with ultrastructural features

Leuk Res. 1985;9(3):413-20. doi: 10.1016/0145-2126(85)90064-5.


This report describes two elderly patients with acute leukemia in which blast cells were undifferentiated with conventional light microscopy (L.M.) and cytochemistry. Blast cells were identified as belonging to the erythroblastic line by their ultrastructural features: glycogen deposits, lipidic vacuoles, cytoplasmic ferritin molecules and rhopheocytotic invagination. Moreover, blast cells were surrounding a central macrophage. Thus, these two patients had acute erythroblastic leukemia which differs from erythroleukemia (M6 of FAB classification) in which blast cells present myeloblastic characteristics.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Aged
  • Bone Marrow / ultrastructure*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leukemia / pathology*
  • Leukemia, Erythroblastic, Acute / pathology*
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Middle Aged