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Can thrombocytopenia occur in all cases of leukemia?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
No, but many: AML almost always produces severe thrombocytopenia. All usually moderate. CML can be mildly low through elevated PLT count. Cll with falling PLT associated with advancing disease.
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
No: While it is common to find thrombocytopenia associated with leukemia and other forms of marrow infiltration, sometimes you can actually see an elevated PLT count (thrombocytosis). CML is the classic example, but there are others.

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Does thrombocytopenia occur in all cases of pre-leukemia or leukemia?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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No.: Some leukemias, e.g. Chronic myelogenous leukemia may have elevated platelet count.

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