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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
I bet you don't: The first step in the workup for generalized itching is to change whatever you're using to wash your clothes. If this doesn't provide an answer, look ... Read More

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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Get checked: You need to get checked by your doctor. Lymphoma is a consideration only if the lymph nodes are over 1 cm in size and are progressively increasing in ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: One can have many varieties of cancer including lymphoma with a normal complete blood count (CBC) and comprehensive metabolic panel (cmp).
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See derm: Although lymphoma is a possibility, it is by far not the more common causes for itching. If you have lymphoma, you will have other symptoms (fatigue , ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Need more info: It would be helpful to know what blood tests you are referring to and also what symptoms lead you to think you may have sle. The info you provided is ... Read More
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Very rarely: That is extremely rare but polymyositis can occur with normal muscle enzymes. However, the clinical picture must fit and the EMG and muscle biopsy sho ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
No: No blood cancer (leukemia).
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Most of the hypercoagulable conditions are diagnosed after developing clots and the work up includes a so called hypercoagulable panel. Most of the pa ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
38 years experience General Surgery
Yes: It usually is chronic pancreatitis or pseudo cyst that presents that way.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: It's fairly uncommon, more something you'll see in kids' leukemias. The cells are in the bone marrow but choose not to circulate. The key to leukemias ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
I suppose: Theoretically, yes. Practically, no. Leukemia will not be suspected if the blood count is normal. In theory, leukemia, as it is first occurring, may a ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Yes: In both multiple myeloma and lymphoma the CBC can be fairly normal.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Waldman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Osteomyelitis often does not cause any change in blood tests. Sepsis is an infection of the blood and almost always causes changes to blood tests and ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes and no: You can be diagnosed with leukemia at any age but you would not have a normal CBC and WBC. A slightly low hemaglobin is not a symptom of leukemia. It ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes, you can: When lymphoma is more localized on the lymph nodes -at earlier stage and does not involve bone marrow significantly - usually your CBC should be norma ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fox
Dr. David Fox answered
32 years experience Family Medicine
Yes it is possible: The best way to determine if you have mono is to do a monospot test or do a blood test for the epstein barr virus igm titer. If positive it would tell ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Let me clarify: Leukemia begins in the bone marrow and then spills over into your blood. The symptoms are absent until your blood counts are affected by the leukemic ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
Could: This is possible. It depends on the condition. Could have thyroid cancer and normal blood tests. If you are concerned, you could see an endocrinolo ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hasan Khondker
12 years experience Internal Medicine
No by definition : You would have certain symptoms
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Neutrophils: Hard to answer that because "elevated" may mean simply a little above the upper limit of the range or it could be even higher. Either way, your doctor ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Perhaps.: Some people have HIV infection without producing aids. After ten years, their numbers can still be normal. Most, unfortunately, after 10 years will h ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
It is not: possible to have leukemia with a normal CBC. The bone pain from leukemia is from pressure in the marrow from excess bad cell production
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Amylase: Yes. "Chronic pancreatitis", a nasty pain syndrome from scarring, does not affect labs. Amylase itself often falls to normal as acute pancreatitis beg ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Bates jr.
23 years experience Critical Care
Yes: Yes but not normally.

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