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How Is The Blood Affected In A Patient With Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
Different ways: Although the word leukemia refers to cancerous white cells in the blood, many times the disease is growing so fast in the bone marrow that these cells never enter the blood and also, since they crowd out normal blood cells in the marrow, these are also decreased or absent in the blood leading to problems with infection, bleeding profound weakness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
See below...: Usually the WBC (white blood cell) count is significantly increased and continues to increase if the leukemia is left untreated. Anemia (low rbc count and hemoglobin) and thrombocytopenia (low platelets) are also common findings. The leukemic cells traveling in the blood may infiltrate various organs. Very high WBC counts may cause increased viscosity of the blood resulting in thrombosis (clot). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If a young child is diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia why is the infection a problem when her WBC is counted?
ALL infection risk: Patients with leukemia are at risk for life threatening infections throughout their treatment. At diagnosis, the WBC count may be low, normal or high, but regardless, the wbcs they have are the leukemia cells, which have not matured enough to work properly. Plus the marrow infiltration can prevent other types of wbcs from being produced. Drugs we use to treat leukemia also suppress immune function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No. : Gross structural changes in chromosome number and structure can be identified by karyotype. There are many such changes associated with all development, yet many all patients have normal karyotypes. This doesn't mean mutations are absent. Modern techniques let us see changes across the genome at single nucleotide resolution. The critical role of epigenetic change is now also firmly established. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Types of cells: White blood cells are different with different mechanisms to pretect body from infections. Acute myeloid leukemia arise from a type of white cells called myeloid series or neutophils, cut lymphoblastic leukemiaa arise from lymph type of white cells. These two types of leukemia have different treatments and the outcome or expectations are very different, none is better than the other in general. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I believe you have: These diagnoses confused. Chronic leukemias display an elevated # of wbcs with morphologic and functional features similar to the mature cells of that lineage (lymphoid-cll vs myeloid-cml). Think of it as not turning off the spigot when the bucket is full. Acute leukemias have features of immature cells for a lineage (aml vs all). Acute leukemias can arise from chronic ones. This is blast crisis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A karyotype is ...: A technique that lets us see the gross structural features of the chromosomes in a cell. Cells are forced to enter mitosis but then are arrested in metaphase with a drug called nocodazole. The chromosomes can the be seen under the microscop which lets is see their number and structure. All cells can have multiple abnormalities that can be seen by karyotype, but may be normal as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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