Viral Infections in Acute Leukemia

  • Peter J. Middleton


In both our local experience and in the literature, the herpes group of viruses (especially varicella zoster) are the main virus pathogens in patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy and/or who have lymphoma or leukemia. Other viruses, which produce florid disease in this class of patients, include the pox group, i.e., vaccinia and molluscum contagiosum; the papovoviruses represented by warts, and the agent(s) associated with the progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy; and measles virus in the paramyxo group. Rubella, arbovirus, rhino and enterovirus infections appear to be tolerated reasonably well.


Lymphoma Leukemia Interferon Adenine Pyrimidine 


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© Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Middleton
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.The Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  2. 2.School of HygieneUniversity of TorontoCanada

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