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how do you diagnose leukemia?

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Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Blood or bone marrow: Typically this s diagnosed by a bone marrow test. In the marrow will be the abnormal proliferation of cells of the same type. At times, these cells in the can "spill" into the blood. When this occurs, the leukemia s diagnosed on blood tests. Even when noticed in the blood, a marrow test is usually performed as well.
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Leukemia suggested..: By symptoms and signs: fatigue, pallor, headache, fast heart rat, bleeding, bruising, petechial rash, fever, bone pain, walk refusal or loss of milestones, cranial nerve palsies, lymphadenopathy, splenomegally, etc. Any system can be affected for multiple reasons. Classically it required a bone marrow test, but often now we can diagnose and determine type from peripheral blood by flow cytometry.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

How is leukemia diagnosed and what are the differential diagnoses'?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Evaluation: Leukemia is suspected based on a person's medical complaint and history, physical examination, and blood count results. It is diagnosed by blood testing and bone marrow examination. There are many types of leukemia. An abnormal blood count does not mean you have leukemia. The differential diagnosis depends on the type of blood count abnormality.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are typical symptoms of leukemia when diagnosed?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Which leukemia?: There are chronic and acute leukemia. Some symptoms related to acute leukemia may include fatigue, shortness of breath, fevers, chils, night sweats, weight loss, bleeding , bony pain etc. In chronic leukemia, however, many times-patients are asymptomatic when diagnosed.The evaluation is started due to abnormal blood counts. Sometimes abdominal pain, fatigue, or easy bruising can happen.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What can you do when diagnosed with leukemia?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
See a specialist: There are effective treatments for leukemias but these diseases should be treated by a hematologist/oncologist who specialized in the treatment of blood cancers. The type of therapy is dependent on the type of leukemia being treated.
A 37-year-old female asked:

What test do doctors do to diagnose leukemia?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 28 years experience
Leukemia: A diagnosis of leukemia is usually suspected by looking at a "complete blood count" and by viewing the blood underneath a microscope. It is then confirmed by performing a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, and sending the samples for special genetic testing.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

How is leukemia found/diagnosed?

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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
Symptoms: Most of the time, people present with symptoms like small bruises or blood sports or fevers and blood test is drawn. The blood test if abnormal will then have peripheral smears with abnormal cells. More tests will be done to the blood or a bone marrow aspiration/biopsy is done and leukemia is diagnosed and typed as per the cells and staining seen.. This is a simplified picture.

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