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I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

Maybe: At your age, leukemia usually shows a high white count. However, anemia is ALWAYS serious and worth investigating. WBC and platelets values only somewhat out of range are less worrisome. I'm betting we find something treatable. ...Read more

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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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What to do if I am scared I have leukemia- would they have seen anything scary froma simple iron/b12 blood test?

What to do if I am scared I have leukemia- would they have seen anything scary froma simple iron/b12 blood test?

No: However, chances are you also got a CBC -- complete blood count. If this is normal, and there are no weird cells, your chances of having leukemia at your age are near zero. ...Read more

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I'm scared I have leukemia- would docs see anything from a simple iron/b12 blood test?

I'm scared I have leukemia- would docs see anything from a simple iron/b12 blood test?

Unlikely: A more complete blood test is probably necessary including CBC with differential and morphologic assessment. This would show if there is an increased number of white blood cells including atypical cells or circulating blasts. Ultimately, in most cases, an accurate and complete diagnostic and prognostic workup for leukemia relies on bone marrow aspiration and biopsy. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I don't remember banging my hands, but I have a bruise on each? I'm not anemic. Got my iron checked. Leukemia?

I don't remember banging my hands, but I have a bruise on each? I'm not anemic. Got my iron checked. Leukemia?

Unlikely: Jumping to leukemia from a couple of bruises is probably overreacting. By the way, anemia, which is a lack of sufficient red blood cells, has nothing to do with bruising. Easy bruising is usually a consequence of decreased platelets, coagulation disorders, or increased vessel fragility. When you got your iron checked, did they also do a cbc? That would show abnormalities if you had leukemia. ...Read more

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Rbc count is 4.25 but not deficient in iron, B12 or folic. Platelets are 67 (runs in family). I'm 31, dad (72) has leukemia. How concerned should I be?

Rbc count is 4.25 but not deficient in iron, B12 or folic. Platelets are 67 (runs in family). I'm 31, dad (72) has leukemia. How concerned should I be?

Need for Hematologis: You need supervision and monitoring by a good hematologist. Your low platelet count worries me. I hope you do not have itp? Further, your hematologist should guide you. And yes, you should be concerned yet not panic. ...Read more

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I use to have lukemia, in 1990, now I have iron deficiency anemia I have been getting iron i'v for 7yrs they can't seem to figure out where the bleedi?

I use to have lukemia, in 1990, now I have iron deficiency anemia I have been getting iron i'v for 7yrs they can't seem to figure out where the bleedi?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can be caused not only due to bleeding (blood loss) but also can be caused by either decreased intake of iron or abnormal absorption of iron. Sometimes small blood vessels leakage (avm) in the small bowel is very difficult to be found/seen due to the location. Endoscopy to the area many times is just impossible. Capsule endoscopy should be done. Also check www. Ironrichfood. Org. ...Read more

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Convinced I have lukemia, tons of bruising, tired, headaches, jointpainand bug bite things on leg! Saw hemotoligist this month and ultrasounds say it iron?

Convinced I have lukemia, tons of bruising, tired, headaches, jointpainand bug bite things on leg! Saw hemotoligist this month and ultrasounds say it iron?

Can't tell: Your symptoms are very non specific but I would assume that if anyone is able to diagnose leukemia, it would be a hematologist. You, of course, have all the right in the world to a second opinion but please don't "convince" yourself of stuff like that. Therein lies hypochondria. Ps, nsaids can make you bruise easier. How many are you taking? ...Read more

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Is leukimia likely with normal WBC, and CMP- mildly iron deficiency? 32 years old- no other symptoms but incidental finding 13cm spleen. No symptoms

Is leukimia likely with normal WBC, and CMP- mildly iron deficiency? 32 years old- no other symptoms but incidental finding 13cm spleen. No symptoms

Normal size: Your spleen size is normal and none of the other items point to a leukemia.
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Will leukemia cause low hemoglobin levels? How quickly does it progress if acute?

Will leukemia cause low hemoglobin levels? How quickly does it progress if acute?

Unlikely: Unlikely acute leukemia, plz see a hematologist. Anemia has many causes at your age most common being iron deficiency. Acute leukemia without therapy is a fatal disease. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin level at 14. If you were to have leukemia would your hemoglobin show up to be low?

Hemoglobin level at 14. If you were to have leukemia would your hemoglobin show up to be low?

Not always: Patients with acute leukemia very often will be anemic but someone can have chronic leukemia (cll for example) and have normal hemoglobin. ...Read more

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Which leukemia type can present with low wbc?

Which leukemia type can present with low wbc?

See below: T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia can present with leukopenia. Other acute leukemias may also present with low total counts but usually have blastic cells in circulation. ...Read more

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I'm having proms with my blood red white all levels are low is this leukemia?

I'm having proms with my blood red white all levels are low is this leukemia?

Unclear question??: If you send us report of your blood counts (CBC) including hemoglobin, WBC and differential count, platelet counts, we can help explain it to you better ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some leads to of low white blood count other than leukemia?

Could you tell me what are some leads to of low white blood count other than leukemia?

Multiple: If you mean other causes of low WBC besides leukemia, multiple clinical situations can be associated with leukopenia (low wbc): infections (especially in children and the elderly), congenital neutropenia (for example kostmann syndrome), aplastic processes (bone marrow failure), peripheral destruction (antineutrophil antibodies) or sequestration (hypersplenism), chemotherapy, radiation, etc. ...Read more

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My neutrophil auto count just came out low under the standard range which is from 2.1 to 7.7. My count is 1.9. Do I have leukemia?

My neutrophil auto count just came out low under the standard range which is from 2.1 to 7.7. My count is 1.9. Do I have leukemia?

Not based on that!: Your neutrophil count alone is not a sign of leukemia. In fact, I would consider your count to be so close to normal that I wouldn't worry about it. You have plenty of neutrophils to keep you healthy! Your neutrophils might just run on the lower side of normal. If you develop fevers, severe bruising or bleeding, or feel ill, call your doc. And always ask your doctor to explain your lab tests! ...Read more

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Have low blood platelets been found to be linked to leukemia/more suseptable to leukemia?

Have low blood platelets been found to be linked to leukemia/more suseptable to leukemia?

This is moot: If your platelets consistently run below 100, 000, get checked to see whether you have hypersplenism, antibodies on your platelets, or some other cause. Some folks just run them low and it's not a concern. Life's too short to try to guess whether you have increased odds for this-or-that. You're doing a huge favor to yourself by not smoking. Low blood pressure is probably a mythical Dx. Relax. ...Read more

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Is it possible for low platelets to be the start of leukemia?

Is it possible for low platelets to be the start of leukemia?

Low Platelet Count: Leukemia can cause low platelets. But there are MUCH more common causes of low platelets, such as: lab error (PLT clumping), pregnancy, liver disease, autoimmune ITP, inherited syndromes, infections (especially viral), medications, OTC nutritional supplements, tonic water (quinine), alcohol, and other causes. Leukemia often shows abnormal WBC count and anemia. Doc visit is needed to pinpoint cause ...Read more

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Does high neutrophil and low lymphocyte point to leukemia or lymphoma?

No: Anyone who told you to worry about the minor fluctuations in your white count did you a serious disservice. Please forgive my frankness. Leukemia will announce itself by very abnormal cells in your blood. Lymphoma is a mass or obvious illness. At age 18, focus on learning, career, becoming a tough adult and be thankful for good health. Study the real science, not the scare stuff. ...Read more

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I was told I had slightly low platelet count does that mean I have leukemia?

No: Temporally, slightly low platelets, that are still more then 100, 000 usually have little significance. You can see that as a consequence of viral infection. If they remain low and are trending down think liver disease or auto-immune problems, and medications. In the absence of other abnormalities it isn't a harbinger of lymphoma. Best to to with your doc about it. Good health. ...Read more

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My one year old has high monocytes (1.8 absolute) and low neutrophils (0.5 absolute) could this be an indication of leukemia?

Probably not: At this age, the most likely cause for neutropenia (low neutrophils) accompanied by mild absolute monocytosis (normal is about 1) is an infection, most commonly viral. Consulting with your pediatrician is recommended. ...Read more

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Could a patient with a high white count a low hemaglobin and enlarged lympnodes possibly have leukemia? And would a pet scan be able to confirm it?

Could a patient with a high white count a low hemaglobin and enlarged lympnodes possibly have leukemia? And would a pet scan be able to confirm it?

Do not play doctor: These are some serious signs which need thorough
exam & tests. See a doctor ASAP. If you do not have medical insurance go to community clinics which are excellent, can get many expert opinions under one roof.
Many sub specialists work here x 3-5 years to obtain Green card. ...Read more

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A blood test showed that I have high red and white cells and low lymph high neut. Could this be a sign of leukemia?

A blood test showed that I have high red and white cells and low lymph high neut. Could this be a sign of leukemia?

It depends on Actual: You need to provide us actual numbers of you blood counts...simply saying high and low does not help us to able to make a diagnosis. So we want to know your Hb, WBC, Differential ...Read more

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RBC 4.45 (low), LYMPH % 18.5 (low)and MPV 7.1 (low) could possibly be a sign of early leukemia? Rest of cbc normal.

Your RBC is nearly n: We rely more on Hemoglobin (Hb) level than on RBC counts. This has no good relationship to leukemia. To diagnose leukemia your WBC count has to be abnormal as Leukemia is a Cancer of the White blood cells. ...Read more

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My one year old has high monocytes 1.8 absolute and low neutrophils 0.5 absolute. Is this an indication of leukemia? Labs 3 weeks prior were the same

My one year old has high monocytes 1.8 absolute and low neutrophils 0.5 absolute. Is this an indication of leukemia? Labs 3 weeks prior were the same

Leukemia?: Well leukemia ia certainly one of the things in differential to consider. But remember simple things like acute viral syndrome can also present itself with this kind of blood picture. ...Read more

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Can Leukemia cause blood clots? I had two blood clots and it shows I had low WBC?

Can Leukemia cause blood clots? I had two blood clots and it shows I had low WBC?

Provide us reports: If you can send us the results of your complete blood count (CBC), we can tell you if there is any indication of Leukemia or not. Blood clots can develop secondary to any Cancer or may have nothing to do with Cancer (Most patients who develop blood clots do not have Cancer as the cause). ...Read more

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Saw a doc about symptoms of leukemia, this doctors office did not have a lab. They ran a hemoglobin which came to 6.12, is that low?

Saw a doc about symptoms of leukemia, this doctors office did not have a lab. They ran a hemoglobin which came to 6.12, is that low?

Call doctor ASAP!: You are very anemic. Normal hemoglobin for a female is 11.5-16 range. While severe anemia can be a sign of leukemia, a much more common cause in a menstruating female is iron deficiency anemia.

A teaspoon of blood (5 ml) contains 5 mg of iron. So regular menses can deplete iron stores >>anemia.

IF leukemia you may need a blood transfusion. IF iron deficiency anemia you need iron. ...Read more

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Can you be diagnosed with leukemia at age 26? And can CBC WBC come back normal, with low-normal hemoglobin and still have leukemia?

Can you be diagnosed with leukemia at age 26? And can CBC WBC come back normal, with low-normal hemoglobin and still have leukemia?

Yes and no: You can be diagnosed with leukemia at any age but you would not have a normal CBC and WBC. A slightly low hemaglobin is not a symptom of leukemia. It is more often due to inadequate iron intake in women because we loose blood every month with our periods. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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5 y/o with 7 day fever low grade 100.2 to 101.8 comes & goes. Happy, eating, playful. Now says she has leg pain. I asked for CBC today. Leukemia?

Unlikely, but...: Getting a CBC is a good way to start. It is encouraging that she seems to be doing well clinically. Any abnormality on her smear (blasts) or abnormal numbers should prompt a more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Calcium is 8.3, chloride, 106, and bun/creat ratio is 30. Normal says 10-20. Platelets vary low to 229 being tested for leukemia. Is this normal?

Calcium is 8.3, chloride, 106, and bun/creat ratio is 30. Normal says 10-20. Platelets vary low to 229 being tested for leukemia. Is this normal?

See below...: Calcium is minimally decreased (normal: 8.9-10.1 mg/dl). Chloride is at the upper limit of normal (98-106 mmol/l). Your bun/creatinine ratio is increased, a finding that usually indicates prerenal azotemia that often times is a consequence of dehydration but other causes are also possible including gastrointestinal bleeding, acute renal failure, congestive heart failure, etc. Platelets normal. ...Read more

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I am worried about leukemia. Is a low neutrophil count of 1.0 and low WBC signs? I have read so many confusing stories on google and askd q on here

I am worried about leukemia. Is a low neutrophil count of 1.0 and low WBC signs? I have read so many confusing stories on google and askd q on here

Low WBC: The most common cause of low WBC is some sort of infection. Leukemia effects the other blood cells that are noted on the blood count. Leukemia causes other symptoms. I would recheck you blood count in several weeks to make sure things get back to normal. Be seen sooner if you develop new symptoms of bruises, bleeding, fatigue. ...Read more

Iron (Definition)

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Iron (Definition)

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