Exposure to inflammatory bowel disease drugs could increase leukemia risk

6 agosto 2014

Immunosuppressive drugs called thiopurines have been found to increase the risk of myeloid disorders, such as acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare bone marrow disorder, seven-fold among inflammatory bowel disease patients. IBD can negatively impact an individual’s life and result in a significant amount of medical bills. Treatments for IBD vary, including: nutrition, emotional support, medical therapy and surgery.