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Case Reports
December 1939

CONGENITAL LEUKEMIA

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Babies Hospital and the Departments of Diseases of Children and Pathology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;58(6):1268-1277. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990110132012
Abstract

In 1922 Koch1 described leukemia in a stillborn premature infant. Since that time there have appeared sporadic case reports of congenital leukemia. Büngeler2 pointed out some of the difficulties of diagnosing leukemia in the newborn; he emphasized the failure of earlier writers to differentiate between erythroblastosis foetalis and leukemia and stated that certain cases of von Jaksch anemia may also have been a source of confusion. Kornmann3 collected 5 cases previously described and added a sixth. The present report summarizes the literature and presents an additional case of congenital leukemia.

REPORT OF A CASE  R. B. A., a boy, was admitted to the Babies Hospital when 30 days old with a history of purpura and fever of seven days' duration. The parents were well. There was no family history of a tendency to bleed. The patient was the result of the first pregnancy. Birth was effected with

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