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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Overview)

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 but in lymphoid tissues.


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How does leukemia affect your lymph nodes?

How does leukemia affect your lymph nodes?

It depends: It depends on the type of leukemia. All leukemias affect your immune system, because leukemia is abnormal growth of white blood cells. In acute leukemia, the tumor cells grow in the blood and usually the lymph nodes aren't enlarged. In chronic leukemia, (cll or cml) the lymph nodes can become enlarged from leukemia cells growing within. ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
1,120 doctors shared insights

Leukemia (Overview)

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 but in lymphoid tissues.


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What are symptoms of leukemia?

What are symptoms of leukemia?

Symptoms. : When someone had leukemia, it causes specific symptoms. These include easy bruising or bleeding, fatigue, fevers. The leukemia affects the blood counts, typically making blood counts very low. Leukemia may also cause swelling of the lymph nodes, liver and spleen. ...Read more

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What are earlier signs of leukemia?

May be few: There may be no symptoms especially with chronic leukemias. Symptoms can include fatigue, easy bruising or bleeding, shortness of breath, fevers, infections and night sweats. ...Read more

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Would a CBC help diagnosis leukemia?

Would a CBC help diagnosis leukemia?

Yes it would: Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells, so the white blood counts are effected by leukemia, usually they increase but sometimes they can go down too. Also the hb and platelet counts are also affected by leukemia as it grows in the bone marrow and can compromise the production of all types of blood cells.. So a CBC is a good screening test for leukemia diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose leukemia?

Blood or bone marrow: Typically this s diagnosed by a bone marrow test. In the marrow will be the abnormal proliferation of cells of the same type. At times, these cells in the can "spill" into the blood. When this occurs, the leukemia s diagnosed on blood tests. Even when noticed in the blood, a marrow test is usually performed as well. ...Read more

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What are the diagnostic tests for acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Bone marrow biopsy : The diagnosis is typically with a bone marrow biopsy, cytogenetics (dna of leukemia cells), and flow cytometry (cell surface markers of leukemia cells). ...Read more

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How much time does it take to get blood test results if leukemia is suspected?

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. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have leukemia?

How can you know if you have leukemia?

Blood test usually: If you have certain symptoms, blood tests will be done which may show leukemia. These tests may not show the leukemia outright. Either way, if there is. Still concern, a bone marrow test will be done. This test will be able to determine if the symptoms are leukemia or not. ...Read more

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