August 1981

Respiratory Distress Secondary to Pulmonary Leukemia

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology (Drs Kelleher and Miale), and the Department of Pathology (Dr Donnelly), University of Florida, Gainesville. Dr Miale is currently with the Children's Cook Hospital, Fort Worth, Tex, and Dr Kelleher with Children's Hospital National Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(8):716-718. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130320030010

• Two children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in complete and partial remission, respectively, had severe respiratory disease that subsequently proved to be massive pulmonary infiltrates of leukemic cells. Diffuse pneumonitis may be a symptom of leukemic relapse. The diagnosis of pulmonary leukemia should be considered in all episodes of pneumonitis in children with leukemia.

(Am J Dis Child 1981;135:716-718)