Sideroblastic anemia as the first presentation of squamous cell tongue carcinoma

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2007 (EN)
Sideroblastic anemia as the first presentation of squamous cell tongue carcinoma (EN)

Ioakeim E.,
Bourandas K.,
Tsianos E.,
Katsanos K.,
Kitsanou M.,
Alexandridis G.,
Daniilidis V.,

SUMMARY A 60 year-old man was admitted to our department because of progressive weakness and a 10 kilogram weight loss during the previous 2 months. The patient was a tobacco and alcohol abuser and had no previous hospital admissions. Physical examination revealed anemia and hand flapping. Laboratory exams revealed anemia (Ht=24%, Hb=7,9g/dl), decreased reticulocytes (25.000/mm3), elevated serum ferritin (1390ng/ml) and increased transaminase levels. Bone marrow biopsy revealed sideroblasts, maturation abnormalities of the red row and infiltration of malignant cells unknown origin. Further investigation revealed a well differentiated, very small in size, squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue. We discuss the role of alcohol and tobacco abuse in relation to oral cavity malignacies and to sideroblastic anemia. To the best of our knowledge it is the first case of tongue carcinoma presenting with sideroblastic anemia. Key words: squamous cell tongue carcinoma, sideroblastic anemia, bone marrow infiltration, alcohol, tobacco. (EN)


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Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology (EN)



Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology (EN)

Annals of Gastroenterology; Volume 14, No 2 (2001) (EN)

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