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N Engl J Med. 1971 May 20;284(20):1135-6.

Hepatoma and peliosis hepatis developing in a patient with Fanconi's anemia.



Fanconi's anemia is a rare genetic disorder associated with congenital deformities, infections, chromosomal abnormalities, and leukemia. This brief article describes the case of a 20 year old man affected with the disease, who was given 100 mg daily of oxymetholone to cure leukopenia and thrombocytopenia. 10 months later he died of hepatic failure. Autopsy revealed hepatoma and liver peliosis, a rare condition of unknown etiology characterized by blood-filled cysts in the liver. It is possible that in the case reported here the hepatoma could have been related to the oxymetholone treatment, which conceivably could have initiated hepatic damage.

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