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is there a blood test to detect leukemia?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
29 years experience Pathology
Yes.: There are many forms of leukemia. Some are "acute" and present quickly. These can be serious / fatal without treatment. Other types of leukemia are "chronic' and can be present for years without the patient knowing / being diagnosed. One of the first tests used to diagnose any leukemia is a complete blood count and review of a peripheral blood smear under the microscope. Hope this helps.
Answered on Apr 9, 2014

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