As is evident from our cases (Table 3), the hematological features of AIMF described in the literature also show some overlapping and some distinct features from chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis (CIMF).
Although some features overlapping with CIMF were present in our cases, the steroid responsiveness manifested in normalization of blood counts and partial regression of splenomegaly is the unifying feature in all three cases that strongly favors the diagnosis of AIMF.
However, presence of peripheral blood features of prominent teardrop poikilocytosis and nucleated RBCs, clonal cytogenetic abnormalities and lack of steroid responsiveness may serve to distinguish idiopathic myelofibrosis with autoimmune features from AIMF.
Wednesday: Looking East, AIMF event, Alnwick Playhouse; The Wizard Of Castle Magic, show for children aged five to 11, Darlington Arts Centre; Family activity day at Cragside, near Rothbury; Ken Dodd's Happiness Show, Whitley Bay Playhouse (also Thursday).
Thursday: International Dance with groups from Cuba and India, AIMF event, Alnwick Playhouse; Season's Greetings, Theatre By The Lake, Keswick (also Friday); Summertime Special with the Side By Side singers and dancers, Customs House, South Shields (also Friday).
Friday: Irish Night presented by Tony Corcoran, AIMF event, Alnwick Playhouse; One Night Of Queen with Stars In The Eyes winner Gary Mullen and his band The Works, Whitley Bay Playhouse.
Hun Sen, in his opening speech to the conference, said Cambodia is considering having the provinces of Battambang and Kompong Cham join the AIMF
, in addition to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, which are already its members.