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Does having a high white blood cell count indicate leukemia?

Does having a high white blood cell count indicate leukemia?

Not necessarily: There are many possible causes of a high white blood cell count including infection, allergic reactions, medication effects, other types of "inflammation", and also leukemias. ...Read more

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Leukemia (Definition)

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

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How high would my white blood cell count have to be to have leukemia?

Any number: We diagnose leukemia with white blood cell counts that are low, normal and high. Usually the other blood counts are also affected (low hemoglobin, low platelets). ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

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How high would my white blood cell count have to be to be leukemia?

Not high at all: Leukemia is a word that means "white blood". Originally leukemia was recognized when the white blood count was very high. However, as we develop a better understanding, we know that leukemia can be associated with a very low, normal, or high white blood cell count. What is important is the process going on in the bone marrow. ...Read more

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If you had normal white blood cell count & all other normal bloodwork several months ago is it possible you could have leukemia anyway?

If you had normal white blood cell count & all other normal bloodwork several months ago is it possible you could have leukemia anyway?

It is possible but: It depends on many factors. leukemia can develop quite quickly and make people sick very fast. So any blood tests done more than one month may not be a reliable guide to what you are asking about. ...Read more

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After leukemia treatment what normal range white blood cell count?

4,000-10,000: The normal range for WBC is 4, 000 - 10, 000. Sometimes, depending on the type of leukemia and treatment given, the WBC might be lower than the normal range as a side effect of the treatment. To be a remission, there must not be any abnormal cells in the blood or bone marrow. ...Read more

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My white blood cell count was 365000 when i was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (2012), how long would I have lived without treatment?

My white blood cell count was 365000 when i was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (2012), how long would I have lived without treatment?

Not long: Hope you get a long-term cure, and glad it was picked up. The acute leukemias are chaotic systems and it's impossible to predict when death may come. The actual white count is immaterial, while a very low platelet count may result in a fatal hemorrhage at an unpredictable time and organ involvement unrelated to lab values can do the same. ...Read more

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White Blood Cell (Definition)

Body blood cell that responds to inflamation or infection or ...Read more

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