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August 25, 1945

A CASE OF HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA RELIEVED BY REMOVAL OF AN OVARIAN TUMOR

Author Affiliations

Nashville, Tenn.

From the Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1945;128(17):1225-1227. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.92860340001007a
Abstract

West-Watson and Young1 in 1938 reported an instance of hemolytic anemia being relieved after removal of a dermoid cyst of the ovary with simultaneous removal of the gallbladder. A splenectomy performed four months before had been without benefit. They felt that removal of the ovarian tumor was responsible for relief rather than removal of the gallbladder, since cholecystectomy, which is performed frequently in hemolytic anemia, apparently does not affect the hemolytic process.

In 1939 Watson2 reported a case of hemolytic anemia in a 17 year old girl which was not relieved by removal of an ovarian cyst (type not stated) but relief followed splenectomy.

Singer and Dameshek3 described in 1941 a patient with a hemolytic anemia not benefited by splenectomy but relieved by removal of a dermoid cyst of the ovary six months after splenectomy.

We have recently observed a woman with a similar type of anemia who had

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