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is chronic myelogenous leukemia classified as a genetic abnormality or a genetic disorder?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Yes.: CML = genetic abnormality or a genetic disorder? I'm not sure what the difference is, but i'll try to extend what i think you are asking. CML is an acquired genetic abnormality. It is not (generally) an inheritied genetic trait/disorder.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Risk factors include older age and exposure to radiation, usually heavy, about 10 years before. There is an abnormal chromosome which is acquired, not inherited.
Dec 10, 2014
Dr. Agos Luca
Dr. Agos Luca answered
Specializes in Pathology
Not sure...: I'm not sure if there is a difference... CML is a type of leukemia caused by a genetic abnormalty, namely a translocation between chromosomes 9 and 22 resulting in the philadelphia chromosome.

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