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Acute thrombosis in superior mesenteric artery as first symptom in a AML patient

Authors Yiu Y, Chao X, Gu W, Hua X, Xu N

Published 13 July 2008 Volume 2008:1 Pages 7—9


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 1

Yan Liu1, Xangshan Chao1, Weiying Gu1, Xiaoying Hua1, Ning Xu2

1Department of Hematology, The Third Affiliated Hospital, Suzhou University, Changzhou, China; 2Division of Clinical Chemistry and Pharmacology, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Abstract: It is well known that acute leukemia may accompany thromboembolic events; even severe thrombocytopenia does not prevent thrombosis. Coagulation dysfunction is the major pathophysiological background for thromboembolism in these patients. Most thromboembolism is localized in venous vessels in acute leukemic patients and it happens rarely in the artery. We report a case of acute thrombosis in the superior mesenteric artery as the first symptom in a patient suffering from acute myeloid leukemia (FAB M4).

Keywords: acute leukemia, thromboembolism, pathogenesis

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