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Angina Indicative of Malignant Hemopathies:
About Two Cases
Coly Mame Ngoné1, Ndadi Tchiengang Kadielle Junie2*, Senghor Fabrice3, Effa Nsah Gaston4, Kane Yaya5, Diom Siga Evelyne2 and Manga Noel Magloire5
1Medical Analysis Laboratory at the Ziguinchor Peace Hospital, Assane Seck University of Ziguinchor, Senegal
2ENT-CCF Department of the Ziguinchor Peace Hospital, Assane Seck University of Ziguinchor, Senegal
3Anatomy and Pathological Cytology Laboratory at Assane Seck University of Ziguinchor, Senegal
4Clinical Hematology Service of the National Blood Transfusion Center of Dakar, Senegal
5Nephrology - Infectious Diseases - Internal Medicine Department of the Ziguinchor Peace Hospital, Assane Seck University of Ziguinchor, Senegal
Submission:April 13, 2021; Published: May 20, 2021
*Corresponding author: Ndadi Tchiengang K Junie, ENT and CCF Service, Ziguinchor Peace Hospital, Senegal
How to cite this article: Coly M N, Ndadi T K J, Senghor F, Effa Nsah G, Kane Y, et al. Angina Indicative of Malignant Hemopathies: About Two
Cases. Glob J Oto, 2021; 24 (3): 556140. DOI: 10.19080/GJO.2021.24.556140
The malignant hemopathies can affect the pharynx tissues. It can manifest as necrotic and ulcerative damages of the pharyngeal mucosa. Although nonspecific, angina can indicate a malignant hemopathie. In front of a dragging tonsillitis associated with a persistent fever, the otolaryngologist (ENT) should request a hematologic assessment for an etiology search. We report a case of acute leukemia with myelofibrosis and a case of acute monoblastic leukemia revealed by tonsillitis.
The malignant hemopathies are all cancers of the blood and lymphoid organs. They result from the proliferation of mature or immature blood cells [1,2]. Angina is one of the manifestations seen in these conditions . In a study of severe hemopathies, phlegmonous angina was one of the reasons why a severe hemopathy was diagnosed immediately after going to the emergency department . A Brazilian study reported 3.7% of cases of tonsillitis as the initial diagnosis of malignant hemopathie . The literature also reports cases of mastoiditis, peripheral facial paralysis, submaxillitis, parotitis, cervical lymphadenopathy as initial diagnoses of malignant hemopathies [6-8]. Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) manifestations are thus frequent in malignant hemopathies. Whether or not they reveal the disease, they are rarely suggestive because their symptoms are polymorphic and non-specific [8,9]. These manifestations are sometimes inaugural, posing the problem of their etiology. The diagnosis can be guided by epidemiological and clinical arguments, but at first glance, a simple hematological assessment (hemogram) and an anatomopathological examination point to a malignant hemopathy [8,9]. The myelogram will make the diagnosis . The treatment is carried out in a hematology department, while having previously taken care of the infection of the ENT sphere . We report two cases of malignant hemopathies: an acute leukemia with myelofibrosis and acute monoblastic leukemia revealed during the course of the angina treatment.
It was a 23-year-old young man, with no pathological history, hospitalized in the internal medicine department of the Ziguinchor Peace Hospital for persistent dyspnea. He also complained of odynophagia for more than 3 weeks and of gingivorrhagia. There was a general condition distortion at WHO stage III and fever at 39°C. An ENT opinion was requested and in ENT examination, we noted hypertrophied bilateral palatal tonsils, highly inflammatory and ulcerated, a uvula edema, and ecchymotic lesions on the soft palate. The cervical ganglionic areas were free and the rest of the ENT examination was unremarkable. Symptomatic treatment with analgesics was started. Two days later, due to the persistence of angina, a complete hemogram was requested. That revealed pancytopenia with deep anemia (Hb=5.8g/dl), normochromic normocytic, thrombocytopenia (platelets=3000/mm3) and leukopenia (white blood cells=3600/mm3). The reticulocyte level examination (20,520/mm3) revealed aregenerative anemia, suggesting malignant hemopathy. The patient was immediately transferred to the clinical hematology service of the national blood transfusion center in Dakar. The realization of a myelogram showed a drastic decrease in the different cell lines of the hematopoietic tissue. The diagnostic hypothesis of acute leukemia with myelofibrosis was retained. The patient died a few days later, before performing a bone marrow biopsy that would have confirmed panmyelosis (Figure 1).
He was a 45-year-old man with no notable pathological history, received in the ENT department of the Ziguinchor Peace Hospital for supralaryngeal dyspnea and unbearable odynophagia that had been evolving for about two weeks. General examination revealed mucocutaneous paleness, general condition distortion at WHO stage III, and persistent fever at 39.5°C. The ENT examination showed a congestive oropharynx, enlarged bilateral palatal tonsils almost contiguous, almost obstructing the oropharynx, with whitish puncture-shaped deposits and a very swollen uvula. The cervical ganglionic areas were free and the rest of the physical examination was unremarkable. The classic antibiotic treatment based on amoxicillin-clavulanic acid did not give a favorable result to his condition after 7 days of treatment. The retroviral serology was negative. A routine hemogram was requested. He showed bicytopenia with normochromic normocytic anemia (Hb=8g/dl), hyperleukocytosis at 120,000/mm3 and thrombocytopenia at 78,000/mm3 with blood blastosis at 87% thus suggesting acute leukemia. The patient was immediately transferred to the clinical hematology service of the national blood transfusion center in Dakar. The realization of the myelogram showed a proliferation of monocytoid blast-like cells at 55% showing an acute myeloid leukemia type 5 of the FAB classification. The patient unfortunately died before treatment (Figure 2).
In her study, Cissoko stated that the most frequent malignant hemopathy were those developed at the expense of lymphoid tissue (76.51%) . In our 2 patients the palatine tonsils were affected. The tonsils are in fact lymphoid organs belonging to the Waldeyer's ring . Acute leukaemias are malignant hemopathies characterized by the monoclonal proliferation in the bone marrow of more than 20% of the lymphoid blast cells (ALL) or myeloid (AML) lineage . The frequency of AML increases exponentially beyond the age of 40 . The second patient with AML was 45 years old. Cissoko also stipulated that the predominance was male in most malignant hemopaties . Malignant hemopaties can affect the tissues of the pharynx. Necrotic and ulcerative damage to this mucous membrane are sometimes the manifestations. Inflammation of the pharyngeal mucosa occurs and a severe odynophagia unresponsive to conventional therapy . These clinical manifestations are the consequence of the inhibition of hematopoiesis correlated normal process with the proliferation and accumulation of monoclonal malignant cells . In acute monoblastic leukemia (case of the second patient), tumor proliferation is manifested at the oropharyngeal level. Since these oropharyngeal lesions have no pathognomonic character of a malignant hemopathy, they must be placed in a precise clinical and biological context [13-15].
ENT manifestations are sometimes inaugural, posing the problem of their etiology; hence, the importance of knowing the different aspects in order to organize the best treatment  In acute leukemia, tonsillitis is one of the first disease manifestations in patients . Our two patients were hospitalized for hyperalgesic throat infections resistant to the usual treatment, which, after investigation, eventually revealed malignant hemopathies. Gérand  reported in his study that it is essential for the dental surgeon to know how to identify the oral manifestations of malignant hemopathies in order to know how to refer the patient so that he receives the best possible treatment. This can lead to an increase in the patient life expectancy and a decrease in the frequency and severity of complications. The same must be true for the otolaryngologist. Among 69,3% of patients referred by doctors (all specialties combined) for the malignant hemopathies treatment, to the G-spot hematology service of Mali, 4.4% of them were referred by ENTs and 4,9% by internists . Apart from pharyngeal manifestations, other associated clinical manifestations should sound the alarm: medullar failure syndrome manifested by anemic syndrome; Hemorrhagic syndrome due to thrombocytopenia; a deterioration of the general condition with a fever of inflammatory origin, a tumor syndrome linked to tissue tumor infiltration. Our patients presented most of these associated signs .
Although the basic lesions observed in the various haematological pathologies are not pathognomonic of a specific entity, they can most often guide the diagnosis very early. The diagnosis of malignant hemopathy will only be made following the results of additional examinations [2,9]. A fever resistant to antibiotic treatment or resistant ENT pain, may reveal a malignant hemopathy disease and should be looked for an abnormality of the granular line (hyperleukocytosis or neutropenia) by performing an NFS . The complete hemogram will detect quantitative and qualitative abnormalities in the blood . Hematological assessment (hemogram and myelogram to perform a cytological examination), pathological examination (of a biopsy specimen) remains decisive in the diagnosis [2,9].
In our second patient, performing a hemogram made it possible to objectify bicytopenia, orienting the diagnosis towards malignant hemopathy. The myelogram confirmed this blood disease. It was an acute myeloid leukemia. The diagnostic approach was the same in our first patient. The clinical examination and myelogram pointed to acute leukemia with medullary fibrosis. In this case, bone marrow biopsy would have confirmed panmyelosis . The patient died before this examination was performed. The death of our two patients raises questions about the survival of patients with malignant hemopathies. Cissoko, who used the Meier kapplan survival curve in her study, concluded that 65% of patients died within one year of being diagnosed with malignant hemopathy .
Recognizing the ENT manifestations of a malignant hemopathy is essential for an early diagnosis. Although not specific, they can be inaugural. The pharynx being the site of predilection of certain malignant hemopathies, ENT should be aware that any throat infection resistant to usual treatments associated with persistent fever should alert and systematically perform a hemogram. The hemogram will direct towards a malignant hemopathy and the doctor will transfer the patient to a hematology service for subsequent treatment. These clinical cases underline the importance of the multidisciplinary nature of a patient treatment with malignant hemopathy. Given the rapid development of these severe blood diseases, it is important that the patient quickly enter the chain of care, otherwise these chances of survival are reduced.
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