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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

A condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood, resulting ...Read more


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

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. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have lymphoma with normal blood tests?

Is it possible for you to have lymphoma with normal blood tests?

Yes: Some lymphomas will have essentially normal blood test (CBC) results. Leukemias, on the other hand will often have abnormal blood test results. ...Read more

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Is it normal for someone to have anemia?

Is it normal for someone to have anemia?

No: It is not normal to be anemic. Your body has ability to maintain a good status all the time. If you are anemic it means that those mechanisms have been overwhelmed and cannot keep anymore a proper balance. You should see your pcp and after some iron therapy if still anemic a more in depth work-up will be needed. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have hemophilia?

Is it possible for me to have hemophilia?

Need more info...: As dr. Singh stated, hemophilia is an inherited disease. While it usually only affects males since it is linked to the x chromosome, rarely females who are carriers can have symptoms, even though they have one normal copy of the gene. Lastly, there are inhibitors to factor viii that can develop anytime in life, giving you the same symptoms as someone who has inherited hemophilia. ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have children if you are being treated for leukemia?

Help! Is it possible to have children if you are being treated for leukemia?

Yes: Ask your oncologist about fertility sparing regimens if you want to have children. There are a variety of ways to spare child bearing ability if you have leukemia from freezing sperm to harvesting eggs to using chemotherapy and radiation that reduces side effects on reproductive organs. Lots depends on your type of leukemia, age, etc. so it important to ask your oncologist for your specifics.... ...Read more

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If someone got a CBC in february is it possible to have developed leukemia between then and now? How long does it take for leukemia to develop?

If someone got a CBC in february is it possible to have developed leukemia between then and now? How long does it take for leukemia to develop?

Possible: The leukemia was likely in process in february, but was not detectable in a cbc, and has advanced enough to be detectable now. The time of onset of tumors including leukemias is generally indeterminate, you can only pinpoint the time when the tumor/leukemia becomes detectable. The underlying process has usually been in play for years. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to just get sickle cell as an adult?

Is it possible for you to just get sickle cell as an adult?

No: Sickle cell is a genetic condition that you are born with.You cannot acquire it as an adult. ...Read more

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Is it safe for someone with COPD to be pregnant and to have the baby?

Is it safe for someone with COPD to be pregnant and to have the baby?

Depends.....: It depends on the person's oxygen level more than anything else. If a person with COPD has a low oxygen level, then the baby will also have a low oxygen level and this is very dangerous to the developing fetus. See your doctor before getting pregnant so your individual risk can be assessed. Smoking cessation should be a goal and your doc can help with this as well, if still smoking. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can someone get on the list for a second lung transplant? I know it is very rare, but is there anything that can be done?

How can someone get on the list for a second lung transplant? I know it is very rare, but is there anything that can be done?

Lung transplant: Above all, continue to see your doctors. There are a number of lists, not just one. If doc agrees, try to get on several. Get second and third opinions. Go to major hospital docs specializing in transplants such as in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How long may someone has coronary disease without any treatment? Is it possible to have it for some months?

How long may someone has coronary disease without any treatment? Is it possible to have it for some months?

CAD: Coronary artery disease can take years to progress to enough obstruction to cause symptoms. Through the mechanism of plaque rupture, it can also progress rapidly. It is possible to have CAD without symptoms for a long time. Conversely it is also possible for the first presentation to be a serious acute ischemic event. ...Read more

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Is it possible for children whose parents have sickle cell anemia to not get it? What are the odds?

Is it possible for children whose parents have sickle cell anemia to not get it? What are the odds?

Depends on situation: If both really have sickle cell anemia, the kids they have together will all have sickle cell. If you mean they both carry a trait, they can have normal, trait or sickle cell kids. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have leukemia without bleeding and bruising?

Is it possible to have leukemia without bleeding and bruising?

Chronic leukemia: Yes, absolutely. Very frequently, a diagnosis of chronic leukemia is made due to abnormal blood work without presence of significant symptoms. In acute leukemia- however, as the process is progressing very agressive in a very short period of time - one will be presented to a health provider with some symptoms in addition to significant abnormal blood counts. ...Read more

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What is anemia and can it cause you to be hopitalized?

What is anemia and can it cause you to be hopitalized?

Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool, red blood cell instability [hemoglobinopathies] or destruction [hemolysis]), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (for example iron deficiency), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). Can need hospitalization depending on cause. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

A sign vs a disease: Anemia refers to a low red blood cell count and diminished capacity to carry oxygen. This has many causes. Leukemia is a cancer- a type of white blood cell growing out of control and preventing the others from doing their normal work. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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;. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

A cancer of blood-forming tissues, hindering the body's ...Read more