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Malignant Neoplasms Following Cardiac Transplantation

John G. Krikorian, MD; Jeffrey L. Anderson, MD; Charles P. Bieber, MD; Israel Penn, MD; Edward B. Stinson, MD
JAMA. 1978;240(7):639-643. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290070041012.
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Between Jan 6, 1968, and April 11, 1977, 124 patients underwent cardiac transplantation at Stanford University Medical Center, with a mean and median period of follow-up of 18.3 and 9.7 months, respectively. Malignant neoplasms developed in seven patients—three lymphoproliferative neoplasms, two skin cancers, one acute leukemia, and one colon carcinoma. Visceral tumors were often fatal and caused 11% of deaths after three months following transplantation. The incidence and spectrum of malignant neoplasms in this population are similar to those observed in recipients of renal homografts.

(JAMA 240:639-643, 1978)


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