Primary Plasma Cell Leukemia: A Retrospective Study of a Rare Disease From Tertiary Cancer Centre From India

  • Neha Yadav
  • Mukul Aggarwal
  • Pallavi Mehta
  • Jyotsna Kapoor
  • Shinto Francis Thekkudan
  • Pragya Bhandari
  • Priyanka Soni
  • Rayaz Ahmed
  • Dinesh Bhurani
  • Narendra AgrawalEmail author
Original Article


Plasma cell leukemia (PCL) is an aggressive rare leukemic variant of multiple myeloma (MM). We aim to present 4 years data on clinical profile and treatment outcomes of Primary PCL (PPCL) patients treated at tertiary care cancer centre from Northern India. To analyse response and safety profile of a PPCL with or without stem cell transplantation. Retrospectively reviewed and analysed PPCL patient’s data at our centre from January-2013 to June-2017. Total 11 PPCL patients diagnosed among 240 MM patients during study period. Eight were males. Only 10 patients were started on treatment. Four (n = 4/10) patients underwent stem cell transplantation. Overall response rate was 70% (n = 7). Eleven culture positive bacterial infections (bloodstream = 2, urinary tract = 3; pulmonary = 6) were recorded. Four patients had fungal infections. One patient had Herpes Zoster infection. Relapse rate of entire cohort was 50% (n = 5). Median PFS and OS of entire cohort was 11 months (95% confidence interval 6.3–15.6) and 21 months (95% C.I. 1–49.8) respectively. The estimated PFS and OS at 1 year of transplanted versus nontransplanted patients were 71% + 24% versus 0% (P = 0.96) and 71% + 24% versus 15% + 19% (P = 0.234) respectively. Treatment with PIs + IMAs followed by transplants (single/double) might improve depth and duration of remission and OS. Patients should be treated with indefinite maintenance therapy to control disease.


Primary plasma cell leukemia Stem cell transplantation Multiple myeloma Overall survival 



We would like to acknowledge an entire team of hemato-oncology and bone marrow transplant unit, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre for their continuous support for retrieving records of eligible patients.

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Conflict of interest

All authors have declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights

All procedures performed in study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. The study was approved by our Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Informed Consent

This is a retrospective study hence for this type of study formal consent is not required. IRB waived off the need to take consent for the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neha Yadav
    • 1
  • Mukul Aggarwal
    • 1
  • Pallavi Mehta
    • 1
  • Jyotsna Kapoor
    • 1
  • Shinto Francis Thekkudan
    • 1
  • Pragya Bhandari
    • 1
  • Priyanka Soni
    • 1
  • Rayaz Ahmed
    • 1
  • Dinesh Bhurani
    • 1
  • Narendra Agrawal
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Hemato-OncologyRajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research CentreNew DelhiIndia

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