Causes of Death in Acute Leukemia: A Ten-Year Study of 414 Patients From 1954-1963

Evan M. Hersh, Gerald P. Bodey, Boyd A. Nies, Emil Freireich

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Abstract

Major causes of death in acute leukemia were infection in 70% of patients and hemorrhage in 52%. In 38% of the patients there was more than one cause of death. Striking changes took place during the ten-year-study period. Fatal hemorrhage declined to nearly half the early rate, and fatal staphylococcal infection from 23.5% to 3.1%. At the same time fatal infections due to fungi increased from 8.2% to 23.2%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-109
Number of pages5
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Volume193
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 12 1965

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