Anemia in chronic lymphatic leukemia: is erythropoietin the solution?
Lymphoproliferative syndrome
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
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Universidad de Navarra
de Gaona ER, Rifon J, Perez-Calvo J, Bendandi M, Iglesias R, Panizo C. Anemia in chronic lymphatic leukemia: is erythropoietin the solution? Rev Med Univ Navarra 2007 Jan-Mar;51(1):3-10.
Anemia is a common complication in the clinical course of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Low hemoglobin levels both correlate with an adverse prognosis and adversely affect the quality of life of chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients. Different physiopathological phenomena may lead to anemia: marrow infi ltration, hypersplenism, immune hemolysis or toxicity of chemotherapy. Treatment with human recombinant erythropoietic agents has been shown to be effective for anemia associated with different lymphoproliferative syndromes. This paper analyses the available evidence on erythropoietic agent treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia associated anemia. The comparative effect of different dosage schemes, the role of possible response-prediction factors such as the endogenous erythropoietin level and the results achieved using darbopoietin alpha are reviewed.

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