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Can you have leukemia and not anemia?

Can you have leukemia and not anemia?

Yes: Advanced leukemia of any sort (aml, all, cml, cll) can lead to anemia. However, early leukemia (rai 0 cll) may not result in anemia.

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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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Is it possible for someone to have leukemia and not anemia?

Is it possible for someone to have leukemia and not anemia?

Yes: Depending on the type of leukemia, this is possible. For example, chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a slowly prgressive disease and it may take a while before the marrow becomes significantly involved to the point of affecting the red blood cells. Also, in the early stages of leukemia, anemia may not be present.

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What is the difference between leukemia and anemia?

What is the difference between leukemia and anemia?

Leukemia: Is cancer of the blood forming elements (many types). Anemia is a low red blood cell count (also many types).

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Could leukemia have been overlooked on anemia testing?

Could leukemia have been overlooked on anemia testing?

Yes.: I would rephrase as can I have leukemia despite having a complete blood count (cbc)? Yes. Leuk- (WBC) -emia (blood) suggests that the white blood cells in the blood are present/elevated. Some leukemias have lymphoma counterparts cll/sll that are the same cells but present more predominantly in the lymph nodes. Some leukemias develop fast and a prior CBC may have been normal.

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Anemia can cause leukemia? I have anemia what should I do?

No: Anemia does not cause leukemia. Anemia is seen in lots of conditions. One of the most common is iron deficiency or nutritional. Anemia can be seen with leukemia but anemia does not cause leukemia.

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Could you tell me what are earlier signs of leukemia or anemia?

Could you tell me what are earlier signs of leukemia or anemia?

Hard to: Generalize, but most commonly patients present with severe fatigue, sob, easy bruisability, and sometimes fever.

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How will I know what does anemia have to do or affect leukemia?

How will I know what does anemia have to do or affect leukemia?

Leukemia, especially: The acute forms, are associated with anemia due to crowding out rbc production by the premature blast cells.

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I want to know what is the difference between anemia and leukemia?

Different cells: Emia = blood. An-emia = lack of red blood cells (low hgb) associated with fatigue leukocytosis = more white blood cells (WBC) in the blood. One cause of leukocytosis is an increase in WBC cancer cell called leukemia.

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3yr old was diagnosed with mild anemia, what could cause this? Could it be leukemia? :/ very worried, she has never been a big eater (23.5pounds)

3yr old was diagnosed with mild anemia, what could cause this? Could it be leukemia? :/ very worried, she has never been a big eater (23.5pounds)

Anemia: Mutilpe causes of anemia, but there should be other blood count issues, with the white blood count and platelet count as well if we were worried about leukemia. Diet can play a huge role in anemia, and drinking lots of milk can cause it.

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Is it true that leukemia and pernicious anemia the same thing?

Not at all: Pernicious anemia results from poor dietary uptake of vitamin b12, usually from a loss of certain cells in your stomach. These cells secrete intrinsic factor, necessary for absorption of vitamin b12. Treatment is B12 shots, potentially. Leukemia is cancer. Treatment is chemotherapy.

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Can normochromic or normocytic anemia cause leukemia?

No: Anemia (normochromic/cytic or not) can be a sign of leukemia (or a variety of other cancerous or non-cancerous conditions). That is it can associated with leukemia. However, it does not cause leukemia. Correlation does not equal causation.

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Docs, could a blood test differentiate between leukemia and anemia?

Docs, could a blood test differentiate between leukemia and anemia?

Yes: Anemia is detected in a blood test by a decrease in your hemoglobin (in your red cells). It is not a true disease in its own right as it is always caused by something-blood loss and iron deficiency are common causes. Once a patient is found to have anemia, particularly if it persists, the cause of the anemia needs to be determined. Leukemia is complex and would have more than anemia.

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Can you tell me if my sister has anemia because of a pregnancy that did not go so well. Will she develop leukemia?

Can you tell me if my sister has anemia because of a pregnancy that did not go so well. Will she develop leukemia?

Preg causes anemia: No one can tell you specifically about your sister without examining her. In general, pregnancy often causes iron deficiency anemia. That does not increase the risk of leukemia.

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Can you tell me what you suggest if my sister has anemia because of a pregnancy that did not go so well. Will she develop leukemia?

Can you tell me what you suggest if my sister has anemia because of a pregnancy that did not go so well. Will she develop leukemia?

Anemia not leukemia: Most anemia related to pregnancy is due to iron deficiency. This iron deficiency can be corrected with iron supplementation in most cases. There is no relationship between iron deficiency anemia and leukemia.

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How is it possible for a baby to have sickle-cell anemia and leukemia?

It is possible: It is not common- but unfortunately it can happen. Sickle cell anemia does not protect somebody to have leukemia and vise versa.

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My dr has done about 6 dif blood tests, and the last was to test for leukemmia cuz my WBC was 14000, found some anemia. Could it be leukemia?

My dr has done about 6 dif blood tests, and the last was to test for leukemmia cuz my WBC was 14000, found some anemia. Could it be leukemia?

Unlikely: I doubt that it's leukemia, since the WBC is not that high; however, an elevated WBC could mean that there is some inflammatory process going on; the anemia could be a result of this also;.

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How do normocytic normochromic anemia and leukemia go hand and hand?

Variable: Hi Great question, there's a deeper answer, but generally leukemias usually affect the white blood cell line, rather than the red blood cell lineage. What you're probably referring to is called "anemia of chronic disease". Elevated inflammatory mediators, like IL-6, impair both production and ability to incorporate iron into heme, which causes normocytosis and normochromia. Hope this helps

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I had anemia in the past. I wanted to know the symptoms of leukemia. I have dizziness, headache, loss of appetite I eat sometimes 1 a day. Bruise easy?

I had anemia in the past. I wanted to know the symptoms of leukemia. I have dizziness, headache, loss of appetite I eat sometimes 1 a day. Bruise easy?

See below: There are many different types of leukemias and those present with different symptoms. See this site for more information on this topic. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/leukemia/basics/symptoms/con-20024914

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more