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December 1951

IDIOPATHIC ACQUIRED HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA IN AN INFANT: Successful Treatment with Corticotropin (ACTH)

Author Affiliations

From the Medical Service of Milwaukee Children's Hospital.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(6):721-725. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040742008
Abstract

DEVELOPMENT of new techniques has revived interest in the hemolytic anemias and has led to new concepts in the pathogenesis and treatment of the so-called idiopathic acquired form of the disease. Whereas treatment formerly was confined to the use of whole-blood transfusions, with unfavorable results occurring in many cases, recently splenectomy and corticotropin (ACTH) have been employed to induce remission.1

It is the purpose of this report to present a case of idiopathic acquired hemolytic anemia in an infant who failed to respond to repeated blood transfusions but recovered after treatment with corticotropin.

REPORT OF CASE  T. B., a white boy 13 months of age, was admitted to the Medical Service of Milwaukee Children's Hospital on July 1, 1950, because of vomiting, pallor, and weakness.The infant had been well until June 15, 1950, when a "cold" developed. Within a few days recovery occurred, and the mother noted no

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