A Patient with Werner's Syndrome and Erythroleukemia: Just Coincidence? Academic Article uri icon


  • Werner's syndrome is a rare clinical entity and approximately 150 cases have been reported in the medical literature. Werner's syndrome, inherited by autosomal recessive transmission, is characterized primarily by a short stature, premature greying and balding, trophic ulceration of the legs, diabetes mellitus and hypogonadism. These features combine to present a picture of adult progeria. In this brief report we describe a 51-year-old Bedouin male with Werner's syndrome, diagnosed as erythroleukemia (AML-6), and presenting as acute pancytopenia. The patient died two months after diagnosis. This is a rare case of erythroleukemia in a patient with Werner's syndrome. We survey current knowledge of the cytogenetic pathogenesis of Werner's syndrome and erythroleukemia, and attempt to explain the possible link between these two rare syndromes.

publication date

  • January 1, 1996