What is the role of surgery 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 is limited in acute myeloid leukemia.

Insertion of a central venous catheter is necessary to begin treatment and to manage all aspects of chemotherapy and transfusion support.

Biopsy or aspiration of tissue for culture is often necessary for febrile patients with a possible abscess.

Acute abdomen often results in serious complications (eg, typhlitis) that often requires expeditious surgical intervention.


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