Blastic Transformation

Blastic transformation, also called acute blast crisis or terminal phase, occurs in virtually all nontransplanted patients with CML, either following an accelerated phase or acutely during the course of stable phase CML.32,65 Most accept the definition of blast crisis as the development of greater than or equal to 30 percent blasts in the marrow or the peripheral blood.89 In the blast crisis stage, progressive anemia and thrombocytopenia occur with death usually due to bleeding or infection....