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Autoimmune Disorders of the Blood.

Scott N. Swisher, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(2_Part_1):328-329. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-2-328_4
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The disorders thought to have an autoimmune basis that involve the cells of the peripheral blood—autoimmune hemolytic anemia, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, and possibly autoimmune leukopenia—are among the best known and most thoroughly studied examples of disorders in this group of disease processes. Nevertheless, major unanswered questions of pathogenesis and mechanisms of these diseases still exist. The current status of our knowledge of these three disorders are summarized briefly, and some of the newer information concerning autoimmune hemolytic anemia is presented. In particular, the mechanism of production of the nongamma type of antiglobulin reaction will be discussed, and the clinical significance


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