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Could the disease leukopenia lead to leukemia?

Could the disease leukopenia lead to leukemia?

Possibly: There are a lot of reasons for leukopenia. Usually isolated low white cells is not a sign of leukemia if the red blood cells and the platelets also found in blood are fine. Leukopenia develops in leukemia because all the bone marrow cells that eventually end up in the blood stream are crowded out by leukemia cells.

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

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


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What are the differences between leukemia and leukopenia?

High vs. Low: Leukemia is a malignancy of the white blood cells, sometimes leading to excessive amounts of these cells in circulation. Leukopenia is a deficiency or low WBC count. Sometimes leukemia can present or lead to low WBC counts, but often leukemia is associated with a high WBC count.

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Is leukopenia the symptom of bone marrow cancers like leukemia?

Is leukopenia the symptom of bone marrow cancers like leukemia?

Sometimes: Leukopenia (low white blood cell count) can be a symptom of bone marrow cancers like leukemia or myelodysplasia. There are many other less serious reasons to have low white blood cells too.

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Does wilson's disease lead to leukemia?

Does wilson's disease lead to leukemia?

No: Wilson disease is the genetic disorder cause abnormal cooper metabolism. It usually cause liver and central nervous system abnormality. There is no evidence that wilson disease can cause leukemia or the incidence of leukemia is high in children with wilson disease.

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How can wilson's disease lead to leukemia?

How can wilson's disease lead to leukemia?

I doubt it: Wilson's is rare and when two youngsters with it came down with leukemia, there was talk about either the copper overload or the Penicillamine rx possibly being a cause. Wilson's is very serious and I wouldn't worry about an old claim of a link that was first made in 1982 without any real further validation.

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Can you explain to me how some cancers are treatable but others are not? For examp. How can 2 forms of leukemia at same stage lead to different prog?

Can you explain to me how some cancers are treatable but others are not? For examp. How can 2 forms of leukemia at same stage lead to different prog?

Cancers: There are umpteenth number of cancers and all of them have different treatment and prognosis. One cancer may behave differently in two individuals.

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How often does radiation for one cancer lead to later leukemia?

How often does radiation for one cancer lead to later leukemia?

Infrequant: It is possible to develop cancers (sarcomas, leukemia s etc) years after radiation therapy in very few. This should not be an objection for refusing radiation, the benefits out weight the future complications. The current advanced techniques are minimizing this untoward effect every day.

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Could having leukopenia lead to hodgkin disease or any other type of cancers?

Could having leukopenia lead to hodgkin disease or any other type of cancers?

YES: Leukopenia means low white cell count. It can be associated with various things, which can include: infection (eg., cold/ flu, typhoid, hiv, aids, malaria, tuberculosis, etc), aplastic anemia, cancer (eg, hogkin's lymphoma, leukemia, myelofibrosis, etc.), metabolic deficiencies (eg, copper, zinc and folate (folic acid) deficiencies), or treatment-related (eg, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc).

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Need doctor's help! Could lupus lead to leukemia?

Need doctor's help! Could lupus lead to leukemia?

Maybe: There is an increased risk of cancer if you have sle. This is especially true for lymphoma.

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I have a normal WBC & RBC but I hav a high lymphocytes low neutrophils high platelate am I lead to have a leukemia?

I have a normal WBC & RBC but I hav a high lymphocytes low neutrophils high platelate am I lead to have a leukemia?

Probably not: High and low all relative. Is this percentage? What is total wbc? How high are platelets? Without numbers hard to say much more.

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Leukemia taste changes?

Taste changes: When you are not feeling well (having leukemia) etc - you can have some alteration of the sense of tase. In addition distortion of the sense of taste (dysgeusia) can be also caused by other things like drugs- eg. Antibiotics, asthma treatment, chemotherapy, zinc deficiency etc.

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How can you get leukemia?

Leukemia: Exposure to radiation, chemicals like benzene, previous exposure to chemotherapy and genetic are some but not all causes of leukemia.

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What tests show leukemia?

CBCj, flow cytometry: Leukemia is suspected when abnormal cells our found in the blood, or when blood counts are very low. The first test is the CBC (complete blood count). If abnormal cells are in the blood, they can be identified by flow cytometry, which analyzes compounds on the surface of blood cells. The definitive test otherwise is a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy, usually taken from the pelvic bone.

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How do you diagnose leukemia?

Blood or bone marrow: Typically this s diagnosed by a bone marrow test. In the marrow will be the abnormal proliferation of cells of the same type. At times, these cells in the can "spill" into the blood. When this occurs, the leukemia s diagnosed on blood tests. Even when noticed in the blood, a marrow test is usually performed as well.

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Why did my child get leukemia?

Why did my child get leukemia?

No one knows: Only in rare circumstances do we actually know the cause. Those times would be if the child was previously treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, if there is a known genetic problem like down's syndrome or in a few families where it may be hereditary. Exposures, foods, cellphones, high voltage transmission towers, etc have not been proven to increase the risk of getting leukemia.

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How do I know if I have leukemia?

How do I know if I have leukemia?

Hard to say: Fatigue, pallor weakness are common symptoms, but diagnosis is made by review of blood smear. Symptoms at onset are generally subtle and develop over long periods of time.

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Leukopenia (Definition)

This term is generic for any low total ...Read more