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Simultaneous presentation of sarcoidosis and acute myeloid leukaemia: predisposition to pulmonary haemorrhage.
  1. B Williams,
  2. A Francis,
  3. S Durrant
  1. Department of Haematology, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia.


    A case of coexistent acute myeloid leukaemia and sarcoidosis is reported. This was complicated by recurrent pulmonary haemorrhage during reinduction and consolidation chemotherapy. A review of published papers on malignancy and sarcoidosis, in particular acute leukaemia is given. The outcome of most cases of acute leukaemia and sarcoidosis is poor with respiratory complications a frequent cause of death in this group. It is proposed that modifications to treatment to avoid pulmonary toxicity and maintenance of platelet counts above 40 x 10(9)/l are warranted to reduce the risk of this complication.

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