What is the role of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing in the workup of 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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Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)–matched family donors should be identified because bone marrow transplantation (or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation) may be considered in high-risk patients.

At the time of diagnosis, the donor screening process should be started by obtaining blood for HLA matching from the patient and immediate family members.


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