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Bone marrow necrosis (BMN) is an extremely rare condition characterized by necrosis of the myeloid tissue and medullary stroma leaving an amorphous eosinophilic background and ill-defined necrotic cells in the hematopoietic bone marrow. Several conditions are associated with BMN, including sickle cell disease, metastatic carcinoma, and hematologic malignancies. It is also associated with the use of antineoplastic drugs, such as fludarabine, interferon alpha, and imatinib. Blinatumomab is a CD19/CD3 bispecific T-cell engager antibody which redirects autologous CD3-positive T cells to CD19-positive lymphoblasts creating a cytolytic synapse leading to blastic cells. Cytokine release syndrome, cerebral nervous system toxicities, and febrile neutropenia are the most frequent adverse effects of blinatumomab. Here, we report an adolescent boy with relapse/resistant acute lymphoblastic leukemia developing BMN following blinatumomab therapy. To our knowledge, this is the first case report on BMN following blinatumomab treatment.


Nese Yarali, Melek Isik, Ozlem Arman-Bilir, Zeliha Guzelkucuk, Ayse Selcen Oguz-Erdogan. Bone Marrow Necrosis in a Patient Following Blinatumomab Therapy. Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology. 2020 Apr;42(3):e167-e169

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