Splenectomy in Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia
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We report the case of a man with chronic myeloid leukaemia, whose disease had undergone transformation and whose life was threatened. Splenectomy was performed, and two years later he is alive and well, taking no anti-leukaemic therapy. Since splenectomy he has had one severe attack of malaria, and one episode of jaundice thought to be due to viral hepatitis. He discontinued his malaria prophylaxis one year ago and has not been ill since. Splenectomy as a last resort will benefit some patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia after transformation, and elective splenectomy should be considered in the management of patients with this disease However, final unequivocal proof of the value of elective splenectomy is still awaited.
CitationHone, N.M. and Cairns, J.M. (1980). Splenectomy in Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. Medical Journal of Zambia. 14 (4)
SponsorshipOffice of Global AIDS/US Department of State.
Medical Journal of Zambia.
Leukemia, Monocytic, Chronic
Chronic myeloid leukaemia,