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What are the tests for childhood leukemia?

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A simple blood test: Is usually how it is discovered. A cbc. After seeing a hematologist a bone marrow test may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Weili Sun answered

Bone marrow aspirati: Bone marrow aspiration is needed to make the diagnosis. Children usually will be put to sleep, doctor will insert a long needle into the bone (usually front or back of the hip bone), aspirate a small amount of bone marrow (looks like blood) and test it.

Answered 11/27/2017

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Dr. James Ball answered

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Many other tests: For diagnosis, i agree with a CBC and a bone marrow evaluation. The best test for diagnosis is done by flow cytometry and can detect even 1 leukemia cell among 10, 000 normal cells: a powerful test. To adequately treat childhood leukemia, there are many tests that help characterize the leukemia into a low, medium or high risk group. These tests are genetic-based tests of the leukemia cells.

Answered 6/10/2014

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