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How does a doctor test to see if you have leukemia?

6 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Helen Gray answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Basic screening would be to take a history to see if you have symptoms of leukemia. Then basic labs to check your blood count. If anything is suspicious they may consider a bone marrow biopsy.

Answered Jun 5, 2013



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Dr. William A Biermann answered

Specializes in Medical Oncology

The first step is a CBC which can show if there is a problem with the counts. The blood smear can the tell if the cells appear to be abnormal. Usually if the is a concern a bone marrow test, flow cytometry, and cytogenetics may be needed.

Answered Jun 10, 2014


Dr. Agos Luca answered

Specializes in Pathology

If there are signs and symptoms suspicious of leukemia, the initial test is usually a blood test (cbc with differential and morphology) followed by a bone marrow study.

Answered May 7, 2016



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