What is the prognosis of adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: Lauren C Pinter-Brown, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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In patients with adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma, the clinical subtype is the main prognostic factor. Survival in persons with acute or lymphomatous variants is poor, ranging from 2 weeks to more than 1 year. Chronic and smoldering forms have a more protracted clinical course and a longer survival period, but transformation into an acute phase with an aggressive course may occur. [42, 51]


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