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October 18, 1976

Disseminated Mycobacterium Kansasii Infection Complicating Hairy Cell Leukemia

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pathology, St Luke's Hospital (Dr Manes) and St Louis University Medical School (Dr Blair), St Louis, Mo.

JAMA. 1976;236(16):1878-1879. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270170044026

Mycobacterium kansasii was isolated from the spleen of a patient with "hairy cell leukemia" (HCL) who had caseating necrosis in the spleen and in the liver. The disseminated infection in this patient suggests a cellular immunity deficit. Despite intensive investigations, the nature of the cell of origin in HCL remains unknown.

(JAMA 236:1878-1879, 1976)