PAMELA L. MEDELLIN, M.D.; ETHEL PATTEN, M.D.; GARY B. WEISS, M.D., PH.D.
To the editor: Gertz and associates (1) have reported using vinblastine-loaded platelets successfully in the treatment of immune hemolytic anemias. They questioned whether intravenous vinblastine alone would produce the same results but were concerned about erythropoietic suppression. At the University of Texas Medical Branch, two patients have been treated with vinblastine infusions with successful control of their anemia and no bone marrow suppression.
A 53-year-old woman presented with a 2-week history of fatigue, abdominal pain, and bloody stool. Physical examination was remarkable for generalized petechiae and tachycardia. Initial blood work showed a leukocyte count of 7700/mm3 with a normal differential
MEDELLIN PL, PATTEN E, WEISS GB. Vinblastine for Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia. Ann Intern Med. ;96:123. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-1-123_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(1):123.
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