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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 152-154

Pleural effusion as the initial manifestation of chronic myeloid leukemia: Report of a case with clinical and cytologic correlation

1 Department of Pathology, J. L. N. Medical College, Ajmer, India
2 Department of Respiratory Medicine, J. L. N. Medical College, Ajmer, India

Correspondence Address:
Ramakant Dixit
Consultant Pulmonologist, A-60, Chandravardai Nagar, Ajmer-305 001, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.97165

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Pleural effusion in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is very rare and poorly understood. We report here a 26-year-old male patient having CML and presenting with pleural effusion as the first clinical sign. The possible mechanism of pleural effusion in CML, the cytological interpretive problem and the clinical significance of finding immature leucocytes in pleural fluid are also briefly discussed.

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