Laboratory Investigation of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs)
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OBJECTIVES: To standardize diagnostic investigations for myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) to increase homogeneity in patient care and to streamline diagnostic approaches in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. METHODS: The development of Canadian expert consensus recommendations for the diagnosis of MPNs began with a review of the following: clinical evidence, daily practice, existing treatment guidelines, and availability of diagnostic tools. Each group member was assigned a specific topic, which they discussed with the entire group during several consensus meetings. RESULTS: This document provides the Canadian MPN group's recommendations, proposed diagnostic algorithms, and background evidence upon which decisions were made. CONCLUSIONS: Standardization of diagnostic investigations will increase homogeneity in patient care and provide a foundation for future clinical research in this rapidly evolving therapeutic area. Streamlining diagnostic approaches in the most efficient and cost-effective manner will also result in significant cost saving for the health care system.
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