The acute monocytic leukemias: multidisciplinary studies in 45 patients

Medicine (Baltimore). 1980 Nov;59(6):409-25. doi: 10.1097/00005792-198011000-00002.


The clinical and laboratory features of 37 patients with variants of acute monocytic leukemia are described. Three of these 37 patients who had extensive extramedullary leukemic tissue infiltration are examples of true histiocytic "lymphomas." Three additional patients with undifferentiated leukemias, one patient with refractory anemia with excess of blasts, one patient with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, one patient with B-lymphocyte diffuse "histiocytic" lymphoma and one patient with "null" cell, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-positive lymphoblastic lymphoma had bone marrow cells with monocytic features. Another patient had dual populations of lymphoid and monocytoid leukemic cells. The true monocytic leukemias, acute monocytic leukemia (AMOL) and acute myelomonocytic leukemia (AMMOL), are closely related to acute myelocytic leukemia (AML) morphologically and by their response to chemotherapy. like AML, the leukemic cells from the AMMOL and AMOL patients form leukemic clusters in semisolid media. Cytochemical staining of leukemic cells for nonspecific esterases, presence of Fc receptor on the cell surface, phagocytic ability, low TdT activity, presence of surface "ruffles" and "ridges" on scanning EM, elevations of serum lysozyme, and clinical manifestations of leukemic tissue infiltration are features which accompanied monocytic differentiation in these cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Blood Cells / ultrastructure
  • Bone Marrow / ultrastructure
  • Female
  • Hodgkin Disease / ultrastructure
  • Humans
  • Leukemia, Monocytic, Acute / drug therapy
  • Leukemia, Monocytic, Acute / ultrastructure*
  • Leukemia, Myeloid / ultrastructure
  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute / drug therapy
  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute / ultrastructure
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse / ultrastructure
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Middle Aged
  • Muramidase / blood


  • Muramidase