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Doctor insights on: Leukemia Of The Skin

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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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My son had a head x-ray, can he be at risk for leukemia later on ?

My  son had a head x-ray, can he be at risk for leukemia later on ?

Probably not: There is no concrete data but some suggestion that xray may increase the risk of leukemia in children. This also depends on the body location, with chest xray seems more significant, and dental xray and head xray probably carry minimal risks. ...Read more

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3yr old is itchy all over but no rash what could this be? I read itchy skin could be leukemia is this true? :(

3yr old is itchy all over but no rash what could this be? I read itchy skin could be leukemia is this true? :(

Yes and no: Certain blood cell disorders may be associated with itchy but the incidence is quite low. There are many causes for a 3-yo child to get itchy and dry skin is one of them. Consider applying a moisturizer on the skin immediately after bathing to see if this helps May also try an antihistamine. If these measures fail. see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had 5 CT scans over the past 5 yrs. 4 abdomen, 1 head. Has this increased my risk a lot for lymphoma or leukemia? What if i need more?

I've had 5 CT scans over the past 5 yrs. 4 abdomen, 1 head.  Has this increased my risk a lot for lymphoma or leukemia?  What if i need more?

Underlying disease?: The bigger question is, why have you had so many ct scans over such a short period of time.Do you have some sort on underlying disease that requires so much intervention? Since you've had 4 abdominal ct scans , do you have ibs. ...Read more

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I'm really really scared I have leukemia I've been getting weird symptoms i just wanna no what's going on with me, help? My head has been hurting for months now and I've been feeling dizzy i went to get a CT scan and everything was fine but now I've been

Hard to say...: The symptoms you described are not specific for any disease and may be associated with various conditions including migraines, abnormal blood pressure, and tumors (less likely if a head ct was normal). The best way to go is to consult your doctor and he will perform a clinical exam and some laboratory tests that he/she considers necessary. These will also help ruling out leukemia. ...Read more

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Are my symptoms all in my head? I went to get a CBC in february and everything came back fine. I still feel tired, bruise easily, and have horrible shortness of breath for no reason. Could leukemia have developed between now and then? Should I get a secon

Are my symptoms all in my head? I went to get a CBC in february and everything came back fine. I still feel tired, bruise easily, and have horrible shortness of breath for no reason. Could leukemia have developed between now and then? Should I get a secon

Get checked again: You should go right away to get a check of your complete blood count. Leukemias can arise very quickly and often occur in younger people. Your bruising may be due to low platelets and your shortness of breath may be due to low hemoglobin. ...Read more

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Acute myeloid leukemia, bone tb, vomiting, red spots under skin, no appitite, breathing difficulty.How likely to be fatal?No responding well after chemo

Acute myeloid leukemia, bone tb, vomiting, red spots under skin, no appitite, breathing difficulty.How likely to be fatal?No responding well after chemo

AML: This severe disease was formerly 100% fatal. Chemo transformed this into a treatable and potentially curable condition, but fraught with numerous risks, often due to infection. I've seen recoveries that border on miraculous ; am reluctant to be pessimistic, but realistically this does not sound promising. If you are having trouble breathing you belong in your doctor's office or in hospital now. ...Read more

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Do you think I have leukemia? It started with a sore throat, rashes, bruising, itchy skin, muscle pain, nerve pain? It's improving. Had no fever.

Do you think I have leukemia? It started with a sore throat, rashes, bruising, itchy skin, muscle pain, nerve pain? It's improving. Had no fever.

Unlikely: These symptoms can be interpreted many ways, but if leukemia were present (which is very improbable) the symptoms would not improve, but get progressively worse. Sounds as if you have been reading texts looking for a diagnosis and are learning that there is more to medical practice than is written down. See a good clinician. Good luck and get better soon. ...Read more

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How can u determine the difference of red leukimia spots or not can I feel them above the skin or is there any other way of knowing they are or not?

No such thing!: There is no condition called "red leukemia spots". You will have to describe and tell us what is your concern and what do you have on your skin. It can be red spots due to bleeding under the skin...This happens whenever platelet counts are low. ...Read more

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52 y.F.Suddlenly waked with hemorrhagic skin of large joints in tbc no thrombocytopenia , no evidence of leukaemia , hepatomegly what is diagnosis?

52 y.F.Suddlenly waked with hemorrhagic skin of large joints  in tbc no thrombocytopenia , no evidence of leukaemia , hepatomegly what is diagnosis?

You need to see Doct: Only your doctor can make the diagnosis which will require history, physical exam and tests to find the cause of bleeding. Besides low platelets(which you do not have) there are many other causes of bleeding under the skin. Some of these are clotting defects in the blood which require careful measurements. A hematologist can be more helpful to help in finding the cause. ...Read more

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Are there other kinds of cancers other than brain, lukemia, bone, skin, breast, colon, lung, and oral cancer?

Are there other kinds of cancers other than brain, lukemia, bone, skin, breast, colon, lung, and oral cancer?

A to Z Cancer List: National Cancer Institute and website, www.cancer.gov, also contains lots of information and resources. Here is the link: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/alphalist ...Read more

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Could it be lukemia? Itchy skin rash thst burns more during hot shower, fatigue, full stomach, infections, high WBC count,

Could it be lukemia? Itchy skin rash thst burns more during hot shower, fatigue, full stomach, infections, high WBC count,

More information: The symptoms of leukemia can include, fevers, fatigue, easy bruising, nose bleeds or gum bleeding, enlarged lymph nodes, recurrent infections, headaches and sometimes a rash. A high WBC count can be caused by leukemia, but those wbcs will look abnormal (called blasts = leukemia cells). Your CBC might also show anemia and low platelets. A bone marrow is the gold standard if your doc is concerned. ...Read more

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Who gets leukemia?

Who gets leukemia?

Anyone...: can get leukemia. Rarely some individuals might inherit a familial disposition, and a few occupational exposures may increase risk (radiation or benzene exposure). More often it occurs from a series of random mutations that happens by bad luck in a single bone marrow stem cell. These mutations causes it to increase in number dramatically, pushing out healthy cells, but leaves them under developed. ...Read more

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What is benign leukemia?

No such condition!: Leukemia by definition is a name given to blood cancer. But there are at least 4 separate types of Leukemias, broadly classified as Acute Leukemias(a very serious disease requiring immediate treatment) and Chronic Leukemias(which are slowly growing Cancers and have a much better prognosis as people with Chronic leukemia can survive for many years...some of these patients are cured with medicines. ...Read more

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Are there stages of leukemia?

Are there stages of leukemia?

See below...: Yes, a staging system is used for many types of cancer including leukemia; however, the factors involved are numerous and staging also depends heavily on the specific type of leukemia. Therefore, the staging for each particular case should be performed under the guidance of a hematologist/oncologist. ...Read more

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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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How is leukemia found/diagnosed?

How is leukemia found/diagnosed?

Multiple: Leukemia can present with multiple signs and symptoms including but not limited to: bone pain, refusal to bear weight, gum bleeding, bleeding from other sites, pallor, lack of appetite, fever, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, easy bruising, fatigue, etc. If a concern for leukemia exists the diagnosis is confirmed with blood and bone marrow tests. ...Read more

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