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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia during Pregnancy

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Date: 2007-03-23

Question:
i know somwone who was pregnant when she was diagnosed to have ALL at 12 weeks age of gestation. chemotherapy with cyclophosphamide, vincristine, prednisone, & doxorubicin were started. three months after,the baby inside her womb died. Can it be that fetal demise was due to the chemotherapy? what other possible causes of the fetal death? a week after the fetal death, she died with the fetus still inside the uterus. what are the possible causes of her death?

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Motherisk studies have shown higher rates of stillbirth with cancer in pregnancy. We cannot speculate as to the cause of death of the mother.

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