Exacerbation of coagulopathy with concurrent bone marrow necrosis, hepatic and renal dysfunction secondary to all-trans retinoic acid therapy for acute promyelocytic leukemia
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A 22-year-old female presented with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Treatment with all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) resulted in a severe exacerbation of the coagulopathy 5 days after its introduction. This was complicated by bone marrow necrosis, parenchymal liver damage and acute tubular necrosis. Temporary cessation of the drug and subsequent dose reduction was effective in controlling the coagulopathy.
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