What is the role of ultrasonography in the workup 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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Because serious infections that affect heart function are routinely observed in this patient population, periodic cardiac monitoring is important.

Perform echocardiography before chemotherapy and periodically when high cumulative doses of anthracyclines are administered.

Most treatment regimens include anthracyclines, such as daunomycin and idarubicin, which may cause clinically significant cardiomyopathy.

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