Pulmonary hypertension (PH) can complicate myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia (MMM), may arise in the absence of evidence for thromboembolic disease and carries a grim prognosis. Four patients with MMM and severe symptomatic PH were treated with whole-lung external beam radiotherapy in a single fraction of 100 cGy. Within 72 h, each patient noted marked symptomatic improvement and had relief of hypoxia and reduction of oedema and/or ascites. Three of the four patients enjoyed an objective improvement in pulmonary artery systolic pressure as measured by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography. Low-dose lung radiotherapy may be a useful palliative tool for patients with MMM complicated by PH.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||British journal of haematology|
|State||Published - 2002|
- Extramedullary haematopoiesis
- Pulmonary hypertension
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