Table 4

Causes of deaths, n = 16

Causes of deathn
Infection7
    Septic shock (n = 6) due to Staphylococcus aureus (1), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (1),* unknown bacteria (4); one patient with a prior history of stroke had a fatal aspiration pneumonia
Cancer3
    Site of cancer: uterus (1), pancreas (1), esophagus (1)
Cardiovascular3
    Stroke (2), myocardial infarction (1)
Myelodysplastic syndrome (RAEB)1
B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma1
Unknown1
  • RAEB indicates refractory anemia with excess of blasts.

  • * A concomitant hemorrhagic stroke was suspected at time of death.

  • Two of these patients had undergone a splenectomy 3 weeks and 2 years prior to death, respectively.