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TREATMENT AND PROGNOSIS IN APLASTIC ANÆMIA

Authors
Journal
The Lancet
0140-6736
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
299
Issue
7756
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(72)90740-4
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Twenty-four consecutive patients with Summary acquired aplastic anæmia have been studied retrospectively. Only six patients survived: of these, five received anabolic-androgenic steroids for more than 6 months. Profound leucopenia and serious hæmorrhage and/or infection at the time of presentation were associated with the death of eighteen patients who, with one exception, did not survive the 4-6 month period required for a therapeutic effect of anabolic-androgenic steroids. An alternative form of therapy must be considered for this group.

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