Failure to screen may be a false economy

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7032.706c (Published 16 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:706
  1. P Harrison,
  2. F A Ala,
  3. D W Milligan,
  4. S Skidmore
  1. Senior registrar in haematology Medical and scientific director West Midlands Blood Transfusion Centre, Birmingham B15 2SG
  2. Consultant haematologist Principal virologist Bimingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham B9 5SS

    EDITOR,—We have recently seen a case of acute adult T cell leukaemia/lymphoma that leads us to support A Pagliuca and colleagues' call for a reappraisal of screening of blood donors for human T cell leukaemia/lymphoma virus type I (HTLV-I).1

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