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Pseudomembranous colitis in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  1. Giovanni D’Arena1,
  2. Giuseppe Pietrantuono1,
  3. Pellegrino Musto2
  1. 1Onco-Hematology Department, IRCCS-CROB ‘Referral Cancer Center of Basilicata’, Rionero in Vulture, Italy
  2. 2Scientific Direction, IRCCS-CROB ‘Referral Cancer Center of Basilicata’, Rionero in Vulture, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Giovanni D’Arena, Onco-Hematology Department, ‘IRCCS Centro di Riferimento Oncologico della Basilicata’, Rionero in Vulture (Pz) 85028, Italy; giovannidarena{at}

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A 62-year-old man was diagnosed with Ph1-negative acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. During induction chemotherapy, the patient experienced severe nausea, abdominal discomfort and profuse watery diarrhoea (five to six loose stools per day). The treatment was interrupted, and a colonoscopy demonstrated oedematous mucosa, with numerous raised …

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  • Contributors All authors followed the patient. GD and PM wrote the paper.

  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Ethics approval Local Internal Review Board (Protocol no. 20140040750 – 18.11.2014).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.