J. DESMOND O'DUFFY, M.B.; HOWARD F. TASWELL, M.D.
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To the editor: In 1971, while reporting on the clinical manifestations of 10 patients with Behçet's disease, we alluded to the beneficial results of hemotherapy in 3 patients (1). In one woman (Case 9), fulminant colitis and mucosal ulcers disappeared after transfusion with 3 units of fresh, whole blood. Remission continued for 2 years, that is, from April 1970 to May 1972. Then, uveitis, oral and vaginal ulcers, synovitis, colitis, erythema nodosum, and anemia recurred. A rectovaginal fistula developed, and colectomy was advised. The patient refused surgery but again agreed to try blood transfusions (the hemoglobin level was 8.8 g/dl).
O'DUFFY JD, TASWELL HF. Blood Transfusion Therapy in Behçet's Disease. Ann Intern Med. 1974;80:279. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-2-279_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(2):279.
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