Annals of Hematology

, Volume 98, Issue 4, pp 1025–1026 | Cite as

Deciphering the prognostic significance of autoimmune disorders in myelodysplastic syndromes

  • Claudio FozzaEmail author
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

It is now clear that myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are associated with several immune abnormalities [ 1, 2] beside an increased frequency of autoimmune disorders (AD) [ 3]. Montoro and colleagues interestingly analysed the prevalence, clinical characteristics, and outcomes of 142 patients with MDS and AD showing that their overall survival (OS) was inferior even in multivariate analysis and this detrimental effect was confined to patients with clinical rather than laboratoristic manifestations [ 4]. Although these findings are extremely relevant, it is worth mentioning, as shown in Table 1, that the prognostic significance of AD in MDS patients is still debated. In fact, some more studies apparently suggested a potential negative prognostic impact. Among 153 patients, 19 of which developed AD, the survival of subjects with immune abnormalities was significantly worse, as these patients tended to die more frequently of infection or leukemic progression [ 5]. Among 117 MDS...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical, Surgical and Experimental SciencesUniversity of SassariSassariItaly

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