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The Gastrointestinal Lesions and Complications of the Leukemias.

J. C. Prolla, M.D.; and J. B. Kirsner, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(4):723. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-4-723_1
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One hundred and forty-eight cases of leukemia seen at the University of Chicago Hospitals between 1957 and 1962 have been reviewed as to the presence and nature of the accompanying gastrointestinal lesions. The frequency of gross leukemic lesions in the gastrointestinal tract was 25 per cent.

Mycotic infections occurred in 24 patients (16.2 per cent), Candida sp. in 18, disseminated moniliasis occurred in 3 instances.

Severe gastrointestinal hemorrhage occurred in 27 patients (18 per cent) and was the cause of death in 8 cases. The most common lesion in these patients was hemorrhagic necrosis of various portions of the gastrointestinal

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