A 33-year-old female asked:
can a hematologist rule out lymphoma by examining your blood under a microscope?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Pathology 44 years experience
No: Malignant lymphoma cells tend to stay in the tissue rather than circulating.
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Pathology 12 years experience
Not necessarily.: Only certain types of lymphoma peripheralize and can be seen in a peripheral blood smear. Many require biopsy of an involved node, organ, or bone marrow with evaluation by a hematopathologist to make the diagnosis. Hope this helps!
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Last updated Mar 8, 2015
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