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Temporary Remission in Acute Leukemia After an Attack of "Acute Appendicitis"

Morton Einhorn, M.D.
JAMA. 1961;175(11):1006-1008. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.63040110007021.
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THE OCCURRENCE of abdominal pain simulating acute appendicitis during the course of acute leukemia has been mentioned in the literature only occasionally.1,2 An intensive search has revealed no previously reported case of a remission in acute leukemia occurring during the course of an apparent or actual appendicitis. This case is of interest, not only because of the concomitant "appendicitis," but also because it is another illustration of the often reported phenomenon that following a severe infection in a case of acute leukemia a spontaneous remission may occur. (The appendicitis is placed in quotes because this patient was not operated on, and the diagnosis was not established on the basis of a pathologic specimen.)

Report of A Case  A 12-year-old white girl entered the Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, on Jan. 23, 1960. She had apparently been in good health until 6 weeks prior to admission, at which time she developed


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