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Had normal CBC w/diff 5 weeks ago. Could leukemia have developed in that time? I'm having some bone pain and worried. Can it develop in 5 weeks?

Had normal CBC w/diff 5 weeks ago. Could leukemia have developed in that time? I'm having some bone pain and worried. Can it develop in 5 weeks?

EVIDENCE? ..: What evidence – other than "bone pain" – do you have to suspect leukemia? Is your "bone pain" really a bone pain, or something else? It may feel like bone pain, but it can fool you (and sometimes can fool a doctor). ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

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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Had physical with CBC 2 mos ago---all normal. Having fatigue, ha for over 2 weeks. If leukemia, would have shown on cbc? Sound like possible leukemia?

Had physical with CBC 2 mos ago---all normal. Having fatigue, ha for over 2 weeks. If leukemia, would have shown on cbc? Sound like possible leukemia?

Very Small chance: Leukemia can show as denovo, means everything was normal then all of sudden leukemia. Also it can occur from previous underlyimg issues for example mds or myelodysplastic syndrome, that typically will have abnormal CBC for some time, probably years.
If u are having fatigue and headache, it is important to get a check up by a medical doctor. ...Read more

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Feels like someone is squeezing my left forearm between wrist and elbow. Dull, achy pain - not severe. Normal CBC 4 weeks ago. Concerned abou leukemia?

Forearm pain: From what you have said 1- left arm 2- squeezing pain 3- leukemia concern. If I want to put a common denominator it would be anemia. But since you have checked your blood counts, leukemia concerns are not warranted. Pain in the left forearm could be referred pain from the heart. At your age could be myositis (muscle inflammation). Neurofibroma in the area or torn muscle. You need a check up asap. ...Read more

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Cbc said my platelets were 112 and mpv was 11.4. Doctor wants repeat in 2-4 weeks...To me this doesn't look good.....Isn't it likely to be leukemia?

Cbc said my platelets were 112 and mpv was 11.4. Doctor wants repeat in 2-4 weeks...To me this doesn't look good.....Isn't it likely to be leukemia?

Not leukemia: A platelet count of 112, 000 is low, but not dangerous. At this level there will be no bleeding problems. The MPV is a very troublesome measure...lots of errors. And yours sounds like it is normal...high side of normal. Repeating the test in about 4 weeks would be recommended. Most of these "low" platelet levels will return to normal on their own. ...Read more

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On off fever for 3 weeks. I got a cbc without differential & physical exam for swollen lymph nodes etc. Both normal. Do I need to worry about leukemia?

On off fever for 3 weeks. I got a cbc without differential & physical exam for swollen lymph nodes etc. Both normal. Do I need to worry about leukemia?

No: What did your doctor tell you about your swollen lymph nodes? You may watch and wait. You may feel the nodes every couple of weeks, if any of the lymph glands doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, or lose weight, you should see a doctor.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Normal CBC 4 weeks ago. I have itp. Could leukemia have developed in that short time? Aches and pains in arms and legs off and on has me worried.

Normal CBC 4 weeks ago. I have itp. Could leukemia have developed in that short time? Aches and pains in arms and legs off and on has me worried.

Why: You have itp with normal platelets. That's good. You have aches in the arms and legs -- a common and nonspecific symptom. That wouldn't make me think of leukemia at all. If you have bruising or bleeding, than a CBC is needed. Otherwise, itp as an auto-immune disease may be associated with other auto-immune diseases. See you md to consider a differential diagnosis of your symptoms. ...Read more

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3 groin lumps dr said no infection but possible leukemia/lymphoma did blood work just had cbc/metab panel 4 weeks ago and normal. Can it change quick?

3 groin lumps dr said no infection but possible leukemia/lymphoma did blood work just had cbc/metab panel 4 weeks ago and normal. Can it change quick?

Biopsy: If the lymph nodes have been enlarged for 6 weeks or more and are not getting smaller, a biopsy should be considered. See your doctor again. Normal blood tests do not indicate that everything is ok, though it may be nothing serious. ...Read more

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Hav low body temperature week+ 35c to 36c. Night sweats 6 mos+. Thyroid tests in range. All cbc fine except wbc and neutrophil ⬆seen dr. Leukemia? Or?

Hav low body temperature week+ 35c to 36c. Night sweats 6 mos+. Thyroid tests in range. All cbc fine except wbc and neutrophil ⬆seen dr. Leukemia? Or?

Ans: Elevated abx is important. You need to find out why. Go to your doctor and ask for blood test d dimer. Then if positive a chest ct. Keep looking for the cause. The possibilities are many ...Read more

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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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Would a CBC always show leukemia, if you have leukemia?

Would a CBC always show leukemia, if you have leukemia?

Usually.: The cbc, or complete blood count measures the normal cellular components of blood, red cells, white cells and platelets. Leukemia is detected by either there being abnormal cells in the blood, or a reduction in the normal elements. Very early on in the development of leukemia, there might not be enough damage to the bone marrow for the normal elements to be effected or abnormal cells to be found. ...Read more

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What happens if my son had leukemia, what would the CBC show?

What happens if my son had leukemia, what would the CBC show?

Pancytopenia: Usually, patients with leukemia have low white blood cell, red blood cell, and platelet values - called pancytopenia. Sometimes, white blood cell counts will be elevated - this happens when normal white blood cells are replaced by leukemia cells. Some CBCs will report concerning cells types, but abnormal white blood cells should be examined under a microscope with Oncology referral as necessary. ...Read more

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What does your CBC have to be in order to be diagnosed with leukemia?

WBC abnormality: In leukemia, patients typically have avery high WBC (white blood cell count), which is one of the results that comes in a CBC (complete blood count). Sometimes though, WBC counts only mildly elevated. Several other parameters included in the CBC, like hemoglobin, and platelet count can also be abnormal. The clinical history and symptoms as well as additional testing will lead to the diagnosis. ...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?

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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Faltigue most days. Cbc : Wk1-WBC8.5 (38% lymp) PLT320 Hgb14.2 Wk2-WBC5.6 (51% lymp) PLT280 Hgb14.6 Wk2-WBC4.2 (50% lymp) PLT217 Hgb14.2 is it leukemia?

Likely not say more: Your weekly cbc tests seem unusual but along the way, ask the doc to make a blood smear and check your cells. That would be a good start to see if you need more specific tests, like a viral test since your lymphocytes count varIes and fatigue, may indicate infection, say mononucleosis, but if the peripheral bood smear shows really bad cells, more than those seen in infections, See blood docs. Ingat. ...Read more

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Would a CBC show lymphoma or leukemia?

Likely for leukemia: Oftentimes leukemias can be picked up on routine CBC since it is a cancer of the blood and causes abnormal values of your red and white blood cells to appear. Lymphomas do not always affect the blood in a way that would be picked up on cbc. All leukemias however will not be picked up on routine CBC and CBC alone will not tell you what kind of leukemia specifically one might have. ...Read more

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Does CBC is a reliable test and sure to detect if you have lymphoma or leukemia or sometimes CBC cannot detect this diseases?

CBC Utility: 1. Leukemia & lymphoma make up a huge and diverse number of different disease states.
2. These can be pre-symptomatic or advanced or in between. 3. The complete blood count (CBC) can be abnormal & there is NOT cancer (eg high WBC with UTI or pneumonia). 4. The CBC can be normal and a cancer is present. 5. Cancer diagnosis depends on many things. CBC may help along with more specialized tests. ...Read more

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Since last 10 days my body temperature changes alot throughout the day morning 98 evening 99.6. CBC normal. Leukemia suspected?

Body temp: Our body's temperature fluctuates normally though out the day. With a normal CBC these could be your natural body temperatures. ...Read more

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How long it will will take for acute and chronic leukemia to develop in the body before they can be found on cbc or show symptoms,,,, months or years?

Indeterminate: It is not feasible to say, for a normal person, how long it will take for the person to develop leukemia. Vast majority of the people never get one.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Could I have lymphoma or leukemia, if my CBC is anemic?

Could I have lymphoma or leukemia, if my CBC is anemic?

Anemia is a sign of: Something causing lower red blood cells: blood loss, excessive destruction, or lack of production are possibilities. While the most common is blood loss from bleedig, the source must be found. Anemia may be a first sign of leukemia or lymphoma, but not very likely. Women lose blood menstrually. Oozing blood into GI tract is common. You doctor may work it up or send you to a heamtologist. ...Read more

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Can a CBC (blood test) show leukemia always?

Can a CBC (blood test) show leukemia always?

Yes, most times: A leukemia typically begins in the bone marrow and will often show effects on the CBC as the cancer cells spill over into the circulating blood. On rare occasions leukemia may be still limited in the bone marrow, so we make a diagnosis by taking a bone marrow sample. ...Read more

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Can a complete blood count (cbc) determine leukemia?

Can a complete blood count (cbc) determine leukemia?

Yes: Yes it can
very very high count much above normal values and values with infection can suggest leukemia. ...Read more

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Are there specific blood tests for leukemia besides cbc?

Are there specific blood tests for leukemia besides cbc?

Blood smear and BM: Examination of blood smear, studies of markers on circulating cells, bone marrow examination by multiple modalties, including flow cytometry and molecular testing are the routine now. ...Read more

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Could a CBC (blood test) show leukemia accurately always?

Could a CBC (blood test) show leukemia accurately always?

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. ...Read more

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I had a CBC 5months ago and it all was normal, I'm getting another one tomorrow bc I've had slight fever for 3days with no other symptoms. Leukemia??

Unlikely: You are more likely to have a viral infection than leukemia.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Can I have a normal CBC and still have leukemia? I have all the symptoms but blood seems fine but is it possible to only show up on a BMB and not blood

Not leukemia: Normal CBC proves you don't have leukemia. Anyway, there are no "symptoms" of leukemia. Most cases cause no symptoms at all; or nonspecific symptoms that go along with a hundred other conditions. Check back with your doctor if you remain concerned. Good luck! ...Read more

Complete Blood Count (Definition)

Share on twitter bookmark & share printer-friendly version a complete blood count (CBC) test measures the following: •the number of red blood cells (rbc count) •the number of white blood cells (wbc count) •the total amount of hemoglobin in the blood •the fraction of the blood composed of ...Read more


Cbc (Definition)

CBC stands for complete blood count. This is a lab test that counts the different formed elements- red and white ...Read more