From January 1, 1987, to August 30,1991,86 consecutive new cases of AML diagnosed at the LAC-USC Medical Center were analyzed. A significant difference in the FAB subtypes of AML was observed among different racial groups, with AML-M3 more common in Latinos (40%) and AML-M2 in Orientals (52%). Sixty-seven patients received induction chemotherapy with TAD (thioguanine-cytosine arabinoside-daunorubicin) or like regimens. Median follow-up time of all patients was 16 months. Forty-three patients (64%) achieved complete remision. The median overall survival of those who received induction was 10.5 months. The complete remission rates and overall survival were similar among patients of different ethnic backgrounds.

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