White cell fragmentation after therapeutic leukapheresis for acute leukemia

J. D. Olson, C. P. Burns

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A 70‐year‐old woman with newly diagnosed acute nonlymphocytic leukemia (FAB M5) underwent therapeutic leukapheresis because of a white cell count (WBC) of 144 × 10(9) per I and clinical evidence of leukostasis. A peripheral blood film taken immediately after leukapheresis showed numerous cytoplasmic and nuclear fragments. The patient's clinical course thereafter was significantly compromised by disseminated intravascular coagulation with a severe bleeding diathesis, renal failure, and respiratory failure that led to her death. This case illustrates that therapeutic leukapheresis for elevated WBC in patients with acute leukemia may result in leukocyte fragmentation and possible intravascular coagulation. 1987 AABB

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-355
Number of pages3
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Hematology


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