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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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Can leukemia rash be confused for ringworm?

Can leukemia rash be confused for ringworm?

Hopefully not...: The petechiae rash that often accompanies leukemia presentation is quite different from that seen with ringworm. Of note, ringworm (aka, tinea corpora) is not caused by a worm, but rather by a fungus (aka, dermatophyte). It is highly contagious, but there are several effective treatments for the problem. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis and rash and slightly elevated WBC mean leukemia?

Can sinusitis and rash and slightly elevated WBC mean leukemia?

Not likely: An elevated WBC usually just means that your body is under stress and is expected with a sinus infection. A rash can be from any number of things (including medicines, stress, and viruses) but is rarely a sign of any cancer. Sinus infections and rashes are both much more common than cancers. ...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 have all symptoms of leukemia except the red spot rash and the flu fever like symptoms. Does this mean I have a type of leukemia?

Be careful: Please don't jump to conclusions. Many of the symptoms of leukemia can mimic that of various infectious, inflammatories disease and even hormonal (endocrine) problems. Before you get yourself too worried, please seek help from a healthcare provider for a formal evaluation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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At what stage of leukemia is the symptom of a red spots/rash on arms and chest that are itcy?

At what stage of leukemia is the symptom of a red spots/rash on arms and chest that are itcy?

Depends: Unlike solid tumor, there is differet stage, leukemia is usually disseminated disease at diagnosis. For someone without history of leukemia, rash usually is not caused by leukemia (although occasionally leukemia can present this way). For someone with confirmed diagnosis of leukemia, rash could be symptoms of leukemia, or infection, or medication reaction. Check with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Ref. Range 4.0-11.0. My white blood cell count was 11.8. How likely is leukemia? I had a sinus infection and abd rash at the time.

Ref. Range 4.0-11.0. My white blood cell count was 11.8. How likely is leukemia? I had a sinus infection and abd rash at the time.

Not likely: A number of things can cause an elevated WBC including infections (like your sinus infection) and even just stress (mental or physical), so it would seem unlikely that just based on this you would have leukemia or any other serious condition. ...Read more

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My 11 year old has scattered severe bruising all over her legs, ringing in her ears, dizziness, headaches and a red bumpy rash? Chance of leukemia?

My 11 year old has scattered severe bruising all over her legs, ringing in her ears, dizziness, headaches and a red bumpy rash? Chance of leukemia?

Needs to be tested: I would have a CBC (complete blood count) performed today. The bruising makes me think about low platelets. This can happen in leukemia, but is also common in post-infectious situations like itp. Her headaches and ringing in her ears could be viral infection, or even bacterial infection. However, headaches can be seen with anemia. A simple blood test will be very helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have acute leukimia and broke out in a rash. Is this serious?

I have acute leukimia and broke out in a rash. Is this serious?

See your MD: There are many reasons for a rash. Most commonly it is an adverse reaction to a medication. It can be a side effect of some chemotherapy drugs. Rarely it can be from the leukemia. Check in with your physician about this because it may require a specific treatment or change in medications. ...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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Leukemia taste changes?

Leukemia taste changes?

Taste changes: When you are not feeling well (having leukemia) etc - you can have some alteration of the sense of tase. In addition distortion of the sense of taste (dysgeusia) can be also caused by other things like drugs- eg. Antibiotics, asthma treatment, chemotherapy, zinc deficiency etc. ...Read more

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How can you get leukemia?

How can you get leukemia?

Leukemia: Exposure to radiation, chemicals like benzene, previous exposure to chemotherapy and genetic are some but not all causes of leukemia. ...Read more

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What tests show leukemia?

What tests show leukemia?

CBCj, flow cytometry: Leukemia is suspected when abnormal cells our found in the blood, or when blood counts are very low. The first test is the CBC (complete blood count). If abnormal cells are in the blood, they can be identified by flow cytometry, which analyzes compounds on the surface of blood cells. The definitive test otherwise is a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy, usually taken from the pelvic bone. ...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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Why did my child get leukemia?

Why did my child get leukemia?

No one knows: Only in rare circumstances do we actually know the cause. Those times would be if the child was previously treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, if there is a known genetic problem like down's syndrome or in a few families where it may be hereditary. Exposures, foods, cellphones, high voltage transmission towers, etc have not been proven to increase the risk of getting leukemia. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have leukemia?

How do I know if I have leukemia?

Hard to say: Fatigue, pallor weakness are common symptoms, but diagnosis is made by review of blood smear. Symptoms at onset are generally subtle and develop over long periods of time. ...Read more

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How likely is dying from leukemia?

Depends on type of l: There are 4 different types of leukemia, so we need to know what type of leukemia are you interested in knowing about? There is definitely a chance of dying from leukemia but there is also curative treatment available for many patients with leukemia. So you need to ask this question to your treating doctor. ...Read more

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How do I avoid developing leukemia?

Nothing: I do not know of anything that can prevent leukemia. A study at mayo clinic by dr. Shanafelt was looking at treating early stage cll with green tea extract. Further studies will likely go forward. Some risk factors, such as prior chemotherapy for other cancers can increase the risk of leukemia, but that is likely not avoidable. I am unaware of any diet or exercise intervention. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of leukemia?

Not Many Symptoms: Leukemia does not always cause symptoms, especially at first. When it does cause symptoms, the most common ones include:
-feeling very tired and weak
-bleeding more easily than normal
-getting sick from infections more easily than normal
these symptoms can also be caused by conditions that are not leukemia. But if you have these symptoms, you should let your doctor or nurse know. ...Read more

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I would like to know about leukemia?

More specific?: You can find a lot of info about leukemia at www. Lls. Org.
Basically it is a cancer of white blood cells- can be chronic or acute. Chronic leukemia usually is asymptomatic at presentation and diagnosis is made from abnormal blood work. Acute leukemia can be presented with symptoms such as fatigue, anemia, low platelet, easy bruising/bleeding, frequent infection, weight loss, bony pain, fever, etc. ...Read more

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Why leukemia is more common to boys?

You're right: Leukemia is about 30% more common in boys than girls. I couldn't find the reason and I doubt that it's known. If you're interested in a scholarly article, see:
http://seer.Cancer.Gov/publications/childhood/leukemia. Pdf. ...Read more

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What could fab m0 mean with leukemia?

This is a very: Specific classification based on the french american british (fab) group. M0 is undifferentiated or "stem cell" leukemia. ...Read more

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What foods are good for leukemia cure?

Probably none: Green tea has been studied in chronic lymphocytic leukemia but is by no means a cure. Only acute leukemias have a chance of cure and this is with chemotherapy. We have to stick with treatment that has been academically studied so if someone is telling you that certain foods can cure cancer, you need to walk out the door. That is in my opinion unethical. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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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Can a child be truly cured of leukemia?

Can a child be truly cured of leukemia?

MAY need Transplant: Cure may also depend upon finding a suitable 'bone marrow (stem cell) donor' and getting a stem cell transplant. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of leukemia?

Quite Varied: Patients often present with weakness, fever, bleeding or infection. Anemia is common, this leads to feeling of tiredness and poor general feeling. A simple blood test (CBC) is all it will take to find out the diagnosis and answer your question. ...Read more

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How would I know if its advanced leukemia?

Bone marrow: Need bone marrow biopsy and peripheral smear.
Your hematologist oncologist can tell you exactly the type and stage. There are no good leukemias, they are still leukemia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of leukemia in teen?

What are the symptoms of leukemia in teen?

Leukemia: I assume you are asking about acute leukemia. In teen, incidence of acute lymphoblastic leukemia is way more common than aml. Symptoms can include-fatigue/no energy, pallor, shortnes of breath easily, multiple episodes of infections, fevers, chils, bony pain, easy bruising, bleeding, weight loss, etc. Read more at www. Lls. Org, www.Cancer.Gov or www. Nccn. Com. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more