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in a full blood count, what would show as abnormal if lymphoma were present?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
A CBC may: Give answers about red cells (size, volume HGB concentration) that no one wants to know, but the total hemoglobin and % (hematocrit), whilte cell count and platelet count could all be normal, or all be low with lmphoma affecting marrow. Blood tests help only a little, and more to point to effects of treatment than diagnosis of lymphoma as a condition.
Dr. Agos Luca
Dr. Agos Luca answered
Specializes in Pathology
Hard to say...: Lymphoma, unlike leukemia, takes a while to involve the bone marrow and/or peripheral blood, therefore the blood count is frequently normal, especially early in the disease.

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