What Is Adult T-cell Leukemia/Lymphoma?

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What is adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma?

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Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) is a rare disease, often progressed from aggressive (fast-growing) T-cell lymphoma. The disease can often found in the blood (leukemia), lymph nodes (lymphoma) and other parts of the body.

Infection with the human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is one of the risk factors that can lead to ATLL. However, the incidence is relatively low. Less than 5% of patients with HTLV-1 will develop ATLL. Besides, whether an infected patient will develop ATLL remains a challenging problem to be solved.

Countries and regions like Japan, the Caribbean, South and Central America and Africa are those with highest incidences.

 

Keywords: adult t cell lymphoma; adult lymphoma

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