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J Clin Pharm Ther. 2009 Oct;34(5):607-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2710.2009.01035.x.

Tumor lysis syndrome after starting treatment with Gleevec in a patient with chronic myelogenous leukemia.

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Hematology and Oncology Section, Oklahoma University, Oklahoma City, OK, USA.


Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is one of the myeloproliferative disorders. It accounts for 15-20% of all leukemias in adults. The mainstay of diagnosis is the detection of Philadelphia chromosome or one of its products. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors changed the paradigm of treating such disease with the good responses. However, they do have side effects. In our case we will report tumor lysis syndrome happening after starting Imatinib myselate. We did a literature review and looked all the cases that documented this complication.

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