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Splenectomy versus cladribine therapy in hairy cell leukemia patients: a clinical trial

Author(s): Jalaee Khoo H | Keihani M | Yousefian A

Journal: Tehran University Medical Journal
ISSN 1683-1764

Volume: 67;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 549;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Hairy cell leukemia | cladribine | splenectomy

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