What are adverse effects of chemotherapy in 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 aggressive chemotherapy necessary to cure the patient also results in a great deal of morbidity.

Profound myelosuppression due to high-dose, intensive treatment regimens contribute to a high risk of infection and bleeding.

Mucositis and typhlitis in association with intestinal perforation, renal, and pulmonary complications are common problems patients and clinicians face.


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