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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25-28

The double jeopardy of leukemia and dengue: A report of three cases

Department of Pathology, Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Reshma Gopal Kini
Department of Pathology, Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/joah.joah_66_19

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Dengue is predominantly a self-limiting illness. The association of dengue with new onset of leukemia has been rarely reported. We describe herein a series of three patients diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, and acute promyelocytic leukemia who presented with concurrent dengue infection at a tertiary care institute in the southwestern coastal region of India. In spite of the different types of leukemias, we observed similar trends in their blood parameters, which were comparable with those of nonleukemic dengue patients. The transfusion profile of each of these patients is described. We could conclude that even in the presence of leukemia, dengue tends to be self-limited. No such comparative case reports have been published so far, and with an increasing incidence of dengue in the world, the occurrence of the two might not remain a remote possibility.

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