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Can Leukemia Be Detected Through Annual Blood Test
Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more
Maybe: At times a blood test can reveal leukemia, more often, it reveals a suggestion of leukemia (decreased blood counts) that will require additional tests. The best test to know about leukemia when there are these suggestions, is to have the bone marrow examined. This will definitely show leukemia, if it is present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Not always: Leukemia is a cancer of cells within the bone marrow. This often spills into the blood, but not always. If blood tests do not confirm a leukemia diagnosis and there is still a suspicion of leukemia, a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy will be performed. This usually confirms the diagnosis. ...Read more
What is the first sign of leukemia? I know this is a hard question to answer, but will it show up in a blood test?
See below...: As general rule, your blood test results should be interpreted by your physician. But to answer your question, a common abnormal finding in the blood of a patient with leukemia is a significantly increased WBC (white blood cell) count with or without abnormal circulating cells. Anemia (low rbc and hemoglobin) and thrombocytopenia (low platelets) are also common. Not all leukemias show high wbc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Sometimes but not always. Leukemia, a form of blood and bone marrow cancer, is frequently detectable in the blood; however, especially if early in the course of the disease, leukemic cells may be confined to the bone marrow and not cross into the blood in sufficient numbers to be detected by a cbc. Ultimately, the complete diagnosis and prognosis of leukemia relies on bone marrow examination. ...Read more
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