Diabetes and leukemia are rarely found associated in one case. By 1928 Wright1 had collected four cases from the literature and added one of his own. In 1936 Elman and Marshall2 recognized a terminal acute leukemia in a patient suffering from anemia of the pernicious type complicated with diabetes. Joslin in 19373 reported six cases in his own practice. We hereby present a case with autopsy of lymphatic leukemia occurring ten years after the onset of mild diabetes.
According to Wright in 1928 three of the four cases then reported were of the myeloid while his case was of the lymphoid type. The case of Elman and Marshall was diagnosed as lymphoid, while Joslin had four of the lymphoid, one of the monocytic and one of the myeloid type. Our case was of the lymphoid type.
In six of the thirteen cases diabetes was known to have
James Finlay Hart, James R. Lisa, Paul A. Riedel. DIABETES MELLITUS COMPLICATED WITH LYMPHATIC LEUKEMIAREPORT OF A CASE WITH AUTOPSY. JAMA. 1939;113(13):1222–1223. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.72800380001011