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March 14, 2001

Linezolid and Reversible Myelosuppression

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(10):1291. doi:10.1001/jama.285.10.1291

To the Editor: Linezolid is the first oxazolidinone antibiotic with labeling approved to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. We report 3 cases of myelosuppression with red cell hypoplasia that occurred following therapy with linezolid. Although reversible thrombocytopenia has been reported in patients receiving more than 2 weeks of therapy,1 we found additional bone marrow changes that appear similar to those seen in reversible chloramphenicol toxicity.

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