Which surgical procedures may be performed in the treatment of pediatric acute myelocytic leukemia (AML)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2017
  • Author: Mark E Weinblatt, MD; Chief Editor: Jennifer Reikes Willert, MD  more...
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The role of surgery in AML is limited and may include the following:

  • Placement of a central venous catheter: To begin treatment and to manage all aspects of chemotherapy and transfusion support

  • Biopsy or aspiration of tissue for culture: To detect possible abscess in febrile patients

  • Intervention for an acute abdomen (eg, typhlitis)

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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