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Vanishing Bile Duct Syndrome Associated with Peripheral T Cell Lymphoma, Not Otherwise Specified, Arising in a Posttransplant Setting

Department of Pathology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143-0134, USA.
Hepatology (Impact Factor: 11.19). 05/2010; 51(5):1856-7. DOI: 10.1002/hep.23614
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