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Does Leukemia Show In Blood Test
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.
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
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?
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.
Could dropping in WBC count from4.4 to 3.6 in two months indicate leukemia? Would that be possible to show on normal blood test ornot?
Stop worrying: WBC fluctuates wildly not just from day to day, but hour to hour.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Sometimes very quickly because you can see the abnormal cells on a slide under the microscope from a simple blood draw. Sometimes it requires a bone marrow biopsy. But even if that is done, once the slide a stained, the pathologist can look right away. Hope this helps.
What to do if I am scared I have leukemia- would they have seen anything scary froma simple iron/b12 blood test?
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.
Unlikely: A more complete blood test is probably necessary including CBC with differential and morphologic assessment. This would show if there is an increased number of white blood cells including atypical cells or circulating blasts. Ultimately, in most cases, an accurate and complete diagnostic and prognostic workup for leukemia relies on bone marrow aspiration and biopsy. Please consult your doctor.
Does leukemia come in your blood test all the time? What if you have all symptoms of it and your platelets are fine?
Usually yes: Most of the times, leukemia can be detected by an abnormal blood test but not always. Platelets are usually decreased but a normal number of platelets does not rule out leukemia. Signs and symptoms of leukemia include weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, persistent fever, bone pain, refusal to bear weight, easy bruising and/or bleeding, skin pallor, enlarged liver and/or spleen, etc.See 1 more doctor answer
A blood test showed that I have high red and white cells and low lymph high neut. Could this be a sign of leukemia?
It depends on Actual: You need to provide us actual numbers of you blood counts...simply saying high and low does not help us to able to make a diagnosis. So we want to know your Hb, WBC, DifferentialSee 2 more doctor answers
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