Medline ® Abstract for Reference 55
of 'Malignancy-related ascites'
Chronic myeloid leukemia presenting with extramedullary disease as massive ascites responding to imatinib mesylate.
Aleem A, Siddiqui N
Leuk Lymphoma. 2005;46(7):1097.
Patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) can develop extramedullary involvement during the course of the illness. This usually occurs during the accelerated phase or blast crisis. We describe a patient who presented with massive ascites probably due to mesenteric/peritoneal infiltration during chronic phase CML. There was an excellent response to imatinib with a complete cytogenetic response and total disappearance of ascites.
Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology Division, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. email@example.com