Klinefelter’s Syndrome and Leukemia: Coincidence or Association?

  • S. J. M. Muts-Homsma
  • J. P. M. Geraedts


The interest in the presence of acquired chromosomal abnormalities in leukemia was brought about by the discovery of the Philadelphia chromosome in 1960. It was found in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia and was thought to be a deleted G-group chromosome. The introduction of the banding technique in 1970 provided the opportunity not only to recognize the individual human chromosomes but also to demonstrate structural abnormalities. The Philadelphia chromosome, for example, proved to be originated by a translocation between the chromosomes 9 and 22.


Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Acute Leukemia Polycythemia Vera Philadelphia Chromosome Cytostatic Treatment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. J. M. Muts-Homsma
    • 1
  • J. P. M. Geraedts
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Division of HaematologyLeiden University HospitalLeidenThe Netherlands

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