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Mother survives pregnancy with leukemia

A mother of two discovered she was having twins and was suffering from leukemia after a visit to the doctor for a scan and blood tests. She had noticed that she was more tired and prone to blackouts during her current pregnancy, but more blood tests, and bone marrow biopsy confirmed a diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Leukemia is a disorder of the blood where abnormal white blood cells grow in the bone marrow (where blood is made) and eventually replace all the healthy cells. She was treated with an anti-leukemia drug, ATRA, during the pregnancy that resulted in a remission until after delivery when she could receive chemotherapy. Prior to ATRA, a vitamin A derivative, APL was fatal. ATRA has known side effects of fever, breathing difficulties, and lowered blood pressure and it's not known to cause fetal problems. She was offered termination to allow lifesaving chemotherapy, but refused. She gave birth via caesarean section to two healthy boys at 30 weeks gestation, after requiring surgery to fix a congenital bowel disorder.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Scotland on Sunday

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About: Mother survives pregnancy with leukemia

Date: 30 May 2005

Source: Scotland on Sunday

Author: Catherine Deveney


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This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

  • Diagnosis and leukemia
  • Diagnosis and pregnancy
  • Diagnosis and chemotherapy
  • Diagnosis and ATRA
  • Diagnosis and congenital bowel disorder
  • Medication and anthracycline
  • Medication and ATRA
  • Medication and chemotherapy
  • Cause of tiredness
  • Cause of blackout
  • Side effects and fever
  • Side effects and fetal problems
  • Side effects and breathing difficulties
  • Side effects and low blood pressure
  • Side effects and chemotherapy
  • Side effects and ATRA
  • Death and acute promyelocytic leukemia
  • Diagnosis and bone marrow biopsy
  • Diagnosis and blood tests
  • Diagnosis and scan
  • Diagnosis and ultrasound scan
  • Surgery and caesarean section

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