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November 1971

Asymptomatic Cytomegalovirus Infection in Children With Leukemia

Author Affiliations

New York
From the departments of medicine (Infectious Disease Service) (Dr. Armstrong) and pediatrics (Drs. Haghbin, Balakrishnan, and Murphy), Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, and the Division of Immunology, Sloan-Kettering Institute, Cornell University Medical College, New York.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;122(5):404-407. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02110050074007

Forty-two children with acute leukemia were studied to determine the incidence and course of cytomegalovirus infection. Five patients excreted the virus in the urine, saliva, or both. Three others had complement-fixing antibodies to cytomegalovirus. There was no clinical evidence of infection. The incidence of infection did not differ from that found in other studies in nonleukemic and leukemic children.