Surgically Curable Non-Iron Deficiency Microcytic Anemia: Castleman’s DiseaseWeng C.-H. · Chen J.-B. · Wang J. · Wu C.-C. · Yu Y. · Lin T.-H.
a Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, b Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, c Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, d Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, e General Education Center, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, f Department of Internal Medicine, Chung-Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan
Background: Castleman’s disease (CD) is a rare, benign lymphoproliferative disorder that can involve single lymph node stations or can be systemic. Unicentric CD in patients with microcytic anemia is rarely described in the English literature. Case Report: We describe the case of a 19-year-old Chinese woman with hyaline vascular type of unicentric CD presenting as severe non-iron deficiency microcytic anemia. We report the clinical course from the initial presentation to diagnosis and surgical cure, and discuss the most up-to-date information on CD. Conclusions: CD should be included in the differential diagnosis of microcytic anemia. Imaging tools and pathological studies should be considered in order to make a more accurate diagnosis and to avoid the use of ineffective treatments.
Tseng-Hsi Lin, MD, PhD, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, No. 160, Chung-Kang Rd., Taichung, Taiwan, Tel. +886 4 235-92525 ext. 3380, Fax -59018, email@example.com
Published online: August 23, 2011
Number of Print Pages : 3
Onkologie (International Journal for Cancer Research and Treatment)
Vol. 34, No. 8-9, Year 2011 (Cover Date: September 2011)
Journal Editor: Schmoll H.-J. (Halle/Saale), Hallek M. (Köln)
ISSN: 0378-584X (Print), eISSN: 1423-0240 (Online)
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