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Research Article - Current Pediatric Research (2021) Volume 25, Issue 9

Leukemia types and its distribution among patients admitted to the oncology center at Al-Najaf governorate.

Ahmed Hassan Kudhair1*, Atheer Kadhim Ibadi2, NawalAbid Hashim Alhammadi2, Mahdi Mohammed Ridha AL-Sahlawi3, Ahmed Mousa Issa3

1Department of Biochemistry, Jabir Ibn Hayyan Medical University, Al-Najaf, Iraq

2Department of Pharmacy, Kufa Institute Al-Furat Al-Awsat Technical University, Al-Najaf, Kufa

3Department of biochemistry, Jabir Ibn Hayyan Medical University, Al-Najaf, Iraq

Corresponding Author:
Ahmed Hassan Kudhair
Department of Biochemistry
Jabir Ibn Hayyan Medical University
Tel: +9747827969315
E-mail: [email protected]

Accepted date: 23rd September, 2021

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One of the most common causes of death in Iraq society is with many health problems and suffering of patients a long time and traditionally ends with death. Now say more than 50 million dollars was spent around the word by patient them self each wear in many despaired attempts to find a cure for this disease although it mostly ends in very bad results. Iraq one of the counters that passed over many years to many wars and most of them included the use of weapons of mass destruction or nuclear weapons. The risk of leukemia had been increase tremendously Aim: The present research had been conducted to evaluate the incidence and the outcome and it’s distributed among patients admitted to the oncology center at Al-Najaf governorate Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted at the oncology center at Al-Najaf province and it made from 300 leukemia patients. Blood cell count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, platelet count and hemoglobin were measured by the laboratory and the data was analyzed. Results: It showed that lymphoblast leukemia represent about (77.3%) acute myelocytic leukemia (15%) and chronic myeloid leukemia (2.7%). More than twenty two percent of the were a soldiers and the remaining were civilian, more than thirty percent was rural and the remaining were urban. Discussion: More than thirty countries attack Iraq during the Gulf war in an attempt to liberate Kuwait from the last invasion caused by the last regimen. Many bullets filled with uranium used by solders, tanks, air plants and even ships. Science then the risk of occurrence of leukemia increase in a scary way. With each case reported so many effort had been spent to treat and stop the further bad prognoses but without any success. AML more predominant at young patient aged between 25-40 years. ALL cases occur more frequently at those aged less than 30 years. More than two third of the total population was urban patients which may be due to the weapons or complexity of city life style when compared to the villages. Conclusion: Increment of the percent of exposure to the military weapons increase the risk of cancer in many types especially leukemia and even with improvement of the life style and development of many drugs it does not decrease the chance of exposure nor it improve the quality of life of the life style.


Leukemia, Chemotherapy, Acute lymphoblast leukemia, Acute myelocytic leukemia, Chronic myeloid leukemia, Gasoline.


Leukemia is one of the most common reason of death know a day and it mostly associated with a high suffer and low chance of curing and uncontrolled percent of death. It is highly increased at the last two decades in Iraq and for many reasons which may be due to increase the complexity of life, expose the Iraq in to military wars and the unexpected use of the forbidden radioactive weapons weather contain uranium of others during the liberation of Iraq or may be due to un healthy diet that increased with improvement of the economical stats of Iraqi peoples [1]. As leukemia cost the country a million of dollars a year and associated with high suffering of the patient there is an urgent need to focus on the its incidence and it relation to the occupational state of the people. There is increase in percent of people those suffer from leukemia with increase the deterioration of their economical state that may be due to the high cost of the chemotherapy of may be due to the prolonged time to response to the treatment with high chance of resistance of this cancer to the treatment [2].

 All these fact make an important issue to focus on this disease and what to do to decrease its incidence or at least improve the chance of remission or improve the quality of life of these patients [3]. The present research had been conducted to evaluate the incidence and the outcome and it's distributed among patients admitted to the oncology center at Al-Najaf governorate (Table 1).

  N Percentage
Lukemia ALL 232 77.30%
AML 60 20.00%
CML 8 2.70%
Occupation civilian 232 77.30%
military 68 22.70%
Urban urban 209 69.70%
rural 91 30.30%
Sex male 167 55.70%
female 133 44.30%
Governorates Najaf 114 38.00%
Basrah 53 17.70%
Diwania 46 15.30%
Simawa 27 9.00%
Nassiria 23 7.70%
Missan 25 8.30%
Others 12 4.00%
History less than year 79 26.30%
1-2 year 134 44.70%
2-3year 37 12.30%
3-4year 25 8.30%
4-5year 15 5.00%
more than 5 years 10 3.30%
Age 10-14 years 44 14.70%
15-19 years 38 12.70%
20-24 years 11 3.70%
25-29 years 45 15.00%
30-34 years 45 15.00%
35-39 years 28 9.30%
40-44 years 15 5.00%
45-49 years 19 6.30%
50-54 years 15 5.00%
55-59 years 13 4.30%
60-64 years 20 6.70%
65-69 years 7 2.30%
Total 300 100%

Table1. A case processing summary.


A three hundred volunteer was enrolled in this cross sectional study how ager between 10 to 70 years are and admitted to the oncology center at Al-Najaf governorate. They suffered from leukemia for at least one year and were diagnose base on the bone marrow examination and white blood cell count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, platelet count and hemoglobin. They were classified according to the type of leukemia, age, gender, occupational state, governorates that they came from and residency (Table 2).

Leukemia type Occupation Gender Residency Total
  Civilian Military Male Female Urban Rural
ALL 194 38 152 80 161 71 232
AML 42 18 14 46 43 17 60
CML 6 2 1 7 5 3 8
Total 242 58 `167 133 209 91 300

Table 2. Leukemia: Occupation, gender, residency cross tabulations.


During the research time, three hundred patients were observed at the oncology department, 232 of them were suffered from acute lymphoblast leukemia (77.3%), 60 patient were suffer from acute myelocytic leukemia (15%) and chronic myeloid leukemia 2.7%. Sixty eight were military employed (22.7%) and the remaining were civilian individual, about thirty percent (91 patients) came from rural areas and the remaining (209 patients) were living in the city, 44.3% of them were female and the remaining (167 patient were male).

More than thirty five percent (114 patients) were living in this governorate and the remaining were living in Basrah, Diwania, Simawa, Nassiria, Missan, and others. One hundred and thirty four (44.7%) were suffered from leukemia for 1-2 years and seventy nine (26%) had the leukemia for less than a year. Thirty percent of the total patient (90 patients) was aged between 25-35 years and 26% (82 patients) were aged less than 20 years old (Table 3).

Leukemia Governorates Total
Najaf Basrah Diwania Simawa Nassiria Missan Others
ALL 92 52 41 17 11 11 8 232
AML 19 1 5 10 11 10 4 60
CML 3 0 0 0 1 4 0 8
Total 114 53 46 27 23 25 12 300

Table 3. Leukemia: Governorates cross tabulation.


Iraq is one of the countries that exposed to many wars and political instabilities and this make this country in continuous exposure to so many obstacles and pollutions. Some of these pollutions induce an immediate health problems and other produce a delayed social disease that may appeared after several years and may continue for a decades. One of the hazards is the depleted uranium and its effect that may continue for a very long time and effect on se many generations [4]. This country exposed to a war against the united states at 1990 during the gulf war [5,6].

At 2003 during the changing the last regimen and ended with occupation of Iraq by the American forces for more than five years that ends with decrement in the no. of forces at 2010 [7]. Although Najaf province is not effect as the same of Basrah or other areas but still it affected during the invasion at 2006 by the American troops and the weapons used could highly increase the chance of leukemia. Benzene is another cause to a sever health problems in addition to the newly non organic food, ships and so many others that effect and increase the chance of leukemia. These hazards effect on children and adult people and increase the chance of incidence of leukemia, lymphoma and others [8,9,2]. Here and during the research time between 2018 and binging of 2019 three hundred volunteer had been involved in this research and there results showed that about one third of the effected individuals were aged less than 20 years old with gradual increase the chance of leukemia incidence to more than 60% form those aged less than 35 years old [10].

The high percent of urban patients which represent more than two third of the total population give us big hint that the complexity of city life style when compared to the villages is one of the big prognostic factors that may effect on the occurrence of leukemia and this due to carcinogenic effect of benzene and others (like ethnic effect, chemicals) increase the opportunity of leukemia in urban when compared with rural areas [2,3,11].

 AML more predominant at young patient aged between 25-40 years while more than one third of ALL cases occurs more frequently at those aged less than 30 years and this differ from another researches occurred in Baghdad and Italy which revealed that the incidence of AML in more common in those aged more than 60 years old than younger patients [1,2]. On the other hand AL-Nassir et al showed that a similarity with this results that the chance of occurrence of ALL is more than 87% while our results showed 77% of our patient suffered from the same leukemia type with their peak age between 25-35 years and the percent of males were 65% and female 35% and our results differ from other data conducted in south Iraq which showed that 8.6 of total leukemia case were occurred in male [12] (Table 4).

  Age (years) Total
10-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69
ALL 35 30 10 35 26 14 12 19 15 13 18 5 232
AML 9 8 1 10 15 11 3 0 0 0 2 1 60
CML 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 8
Total 44 38 11 45 45 28 15 19 15 13 20 7 300

Table 4. Leukemia: Age cross tabulation.

Our study revealed that about 19% of the study group were military and although these percent is low by it may force us to focus on the effect of weapons used by the American forces when they fight side by side with Iraqi forces during these period although it does not gives us a crucial decision about the relation between the military duty of Iraqi forces and the chance of exposure to the effected weapons [8]. At the north of Iraq and exactly at Ninawa there was another interest on the effect of the three wars that attacked Iraq ( Iran-Iraq war at 1980 to 1988, Gulf war at 1990 and the war at 2003) and there data revealed a similarity about increase the incidence of leukemia their province especially among adult males patients more than female particularly at age between 20 to 70 years old but the explain the increment in there incidence by not only the weapons but also the intense fear of the war itself and economic problems that happened after the war in addition to the smoking and others [7,11-14].


Our result also revealed that although there is a large of patient came from Najaf province itself but most of they come from other provinces (Basrah, Diwania, Simawa, Nassiria and others). It may be due to that our oncology center is one of the biggest centers in Iraq and provide al large percent of chemotherapy treatment that is highly expensive at the privet sector in addition to the high level of medical care that given to these patients.


A special thanks to the staff of oncology department especially the manager of the sector.


This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.


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