What is pediatric acute myelocytic leukemia (AML)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2017
  • Author: Mark E Weinblatt, MD; Chief Editor: Jennifer Reikes Willert, MD  more...
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Acute myeloid leukemia consists of a group of malignant disorders characterized by the replacement of normal bone marrow with abnormal, primitive hematopoietic cells. If untreated, the disorder uniformly results in death, usually from infection or bleeding. Although the cure rate has improved, treatments are associated with notable morbidity and mortality.

The long-term survival rate for pediatric patients with acute myeloid leukemia is nearly 60%. Acute myeloid leukemia accounts for about 35% of childhood deaths from leukemia. Mortality is a consequence of resistant progressive disease or treatment-related toxicity.

See Acute Myelogenous Leukemia and Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for complete information on these topics.


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