Philadelphia positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia 16 years after the apparent cure of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. New leukemia or late relapse?Haematologica. 1998 Sep; 83(9):855-6.H
A Philadelphia-positive ALL in an adult occurring 21 years after the initial diagnosis is reported here. This case raises the question as to whether or not this event is a relapse or a new leukemia. A possible role of interferon-alpha previously administered to the patient for a chronic viral hepatitis is discussed too.