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Dr. Agos Luca

Pathology
Washington, DC
male

About

Bio

I received my MD from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Targu-Mures, Romania. My residency in pathology was at the University of Illinois at Chicago where I also served as chief resident. Two fellowships followed, one in hematopathology at Loyola University and the other in pediatric pathology at Children’s Memorial Hospital, both in Chicago. Subsequently, I spent six years as a hematopathologist and pediatric pathologist at Children’s of Minnesota, also serving as director of hematopathology & flow cytometry. I am currently holding the same position at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. I am an assistant professor at the George Washington University. Board-certified in anatomic & clinical pathology, hematopathology, and pediatric pathology.

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Pathology

Languages spoken

Romanian

Doctor Q&A

317 Answers
34 Agrees
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
See below...: The treatment of leukemia, like any other cancer, should be managed by an oncologist. Many times the relapse is still responsive to chemotherapy and ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Hard to say...: Most of the times we don't know what exactly causes lymphoma so there isn't much we can do to prevent it. Most cases probably have a genetic componen... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
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Maybe reflux: The symptoms you describe may indicate gastroesophageal reflux disease when a small amount of the content of your stomach comes back in the lower esop... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
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Stop smoking: The only way to avoid the serious health adverse effects associated with smoking is to stop it, especially if you can do so at an early age when these... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
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See below...: The high WBC is probably related to your infection if this was relatively recent. You may want to wait until the symptoms are completely gone or even ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
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No: Igh is a benign skin condition probably related to chronic sun exposure. Since it produces light discoloration of the skin, it is also considered a b... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
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Proteinuria: >150 mg: Proteinuria (abnormally high level of protein in urine) is usually defined as more than 150 milligrams of protein in urine per day. Proteinuria may... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
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Bone problems: In adults severe vitamin d deficiency causes decreased mineralization and softening of the bones. Symptoms include chronic muscle pain and bone pain w... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
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Within normal limits: The normal value (westergren method) for women under the age of 50 is less than 20 mm/hr.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Medical emergency!: This is a medical emergency! immediate professional medical care is necessary. Even though acute promyelocytic leukemia generally has a very good pro... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
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See below...: Myelodysplastic syndrome (mds) is a form of bone marrow cancer that is generally less aggressive than leukemia but still malignant. Refractory anemia ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
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Multiple reasons: Macrocytosis (larger than normal red blood cells) can have multiple causes including: vitamin b-12/folate deficiency, myelodysplastic syndromes, aplas... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
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See below...: The diagnosis of lymphoma is very complex and relies on a constellation of clinical signs and symptoms including unexplained weight loss, night sweats... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
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Make sure: First of all, your doctor needs to make sure your anemia is caused by iron deficiency because there are many other possible causes of anemia. If that'... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
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Probably: If anemia is suspected after a consultation with your physician, it is probably a good idea to have a CBC (complete blood count) with differential as ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
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See below...: Leukemia is multifactorial, being usually the consequence of genetic predisposition possibly combined with environmental factors. The treatment is co... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
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It depends: Pancytopenia is a more encompassing term then anemia (low red blood cells) and includes leukopenia (low white blood cells) and thrombocytopenia (low p... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
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No: Anemia itself is not contagious so it does not spread from person to person; however, other conditions that cause anemia like infections can do that. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Hard to say...: It depends a lot on multiple factors including type of leukemia, age of patient, stage of disease, coexisting illnesses, etc. Initially, it is usually... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
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Lack of oxygen: Red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to the muscles and all other organs and tissues in the body. Anemia represents... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
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See below: Several possible explanations: beta thalassemia trait, beta thalassemia minor, minimal iron deficiency, early sideroblastic anemia, minimal exposure t... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
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It depends: Treating anemia with medication and/or dietary supplements depends heavily on the type and cause of anemia. The most common cause of microcytic hypoch... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Not recommended: There is no single genetic mutation. Different types of leukemia are associated with different genetic abnormalities. These are multiple and testing... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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See below...: Low grade lymphoma is a category that encompasses several types of lymphoma that are not aggressive and usually behave in a mild manner. Many times t... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
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It depends...: It depends heavily on the exact subtype since multiple categories of b and t-cell lymphoma exist. Very generally and with many exceptions, t-cell lym... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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No: That is certainly not the way to diagnose leukemia! consulting a physician for appropriate testing is the way to go.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Slightly increased: This value is slightly increased compared to the generally accepted normal range for adults: 4000 - 11, 000. The most common explanation is an infect... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Multiple ways: Leukemia, like any other type of cancer, can be cured in a variable proportion of cases. In many other cases where complete cure is not possible, lon... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
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See below...: Theoretically, significant thrombocytopenia (low platelets) is one of the many abnormalities that can be associated with leukemia; however, many other... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
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See below...: Cll is a form of blood cancer. Cll is usually not an aggressive form of leukemia and has a relatively good prognosis overall. Many patients are asymp... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
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See below...: A blood test is necessary (cbc). The generally accepted normal ranges for adults are 4000 - 11, 000 for WBC and 1500 - 3500 for lymphocytes.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
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Leukopenia: The generic term for a low WBC count is leukopenia. But there are several different types of white cells and a decrease in each of them can cause leu... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
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See below...: Myelodysplastic syndrome (mds) is a form of bone marrow cancer that is generally less aggressive than leukemia but nevertheless still malignant. Mds u... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
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See below...: Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a type of leukemia, which is a type of blood cancer. Like other chronic leukemias, CML is not particularly aggr... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
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Multiple: The diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma, like any other cancer, should be managed by an oncologist. Many signs and symptoms are possible at presentat... Read More
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Must go to Doctor: Your mother needs immediate medical care but it is difficult to tell you exactly what the cause is based on the information you provided. This could ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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See below...: A blood test (cbc with morphology) is usually the initial test when a diagnosis of leukemia is suspected. Afterwards, the studies that are necessary ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
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Several...: It's difficult to say in just a few words but, generally speaking, at young ages, leukemias are more likely to be of the acute rather than chronic typ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
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Over 60: It's actually over 60, but yes, lymphoma is the most common testicular malignancy in men over 60 years of age.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
Hard to say...: It is very difficult to say based on the limited information you provided. The diagnosis of lymphoma relies on a constellation of clinical signs and ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
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Multiple: Leukemia can present with multiple signs and symptoms including but not limited to: bone pain, refusal to bear weight, gum bleeding, bleeding from oth... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
Multiple: Leukemia can present with multiple signs and symptoms including but not limited to: bone pain, refusal to bear weight, gum bleeding, bleeding from oth... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
No: Leukemia is a type of cancer (blood/bone marrow cancer) and does not spread from person to person. Some cancers have an association with infectious a... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
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Probably not: Probably not, especially if there are no other signs or symptoms. There is a form of cyclic neutropenia that can cause WBC counts to vary periodicall... Read More
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Probably not: Even though a history of mds in first degree relatives may slightly increase the overall risk to develop mds, the risk is still minimal and these dise... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
See below...: Myelodysplastic syndrome (mds) is a form of bone marrow cancer that is generally less aggressive than leukemia but nevertheless still malignant. Mds u... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
See below...: Cll stands for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a form of blood cancer. Cll is usually not an aggressive form of leukemia and has a relatively good prog... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
It depends...: Generally speaking, children are affected the most. Leukemia is the most common cancer in the pediatric population especially the type called b lympho... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Pathology
It varies...: It varies widely and it's not always dependent on the type of leukemia. Usually, the WBC count is elevated but it can also be normal or even decreased... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
Yes: Not all cancers including lymphoma are associated with abnormalities detectable by routine blood testing. In other words, a normal blood result does ... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Luca is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Luca is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Info: WBC: 8.3 / on 12/2013 - 7.3. Monocytes% -11.7/ on 12/2013 - 9.0
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! They said my TSH is normal,But its high.Didnt test t4,Will request it
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you very much Doc. I'll act at my earliest convenience.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Tirgu-Mures, Romania
MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS HOSPITAL
Completed 2004

Awards

Top Pathologist, Third Place, National - Spring
2014
Top Doctor, Second Place, Washington Region - Spring
2014
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
College of American Pathologists
Society for Hematopathology
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