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I want to know would they do a blood smear for leukemia?

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Dr. Robert Warner
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

A bone marrow aspirate and biopsy is required to make the diagnosis of leukemia, but often one will look at a periferal smear too, as this can be done quickly, and the marrow pathology will take several days.

In brief: Maybe

A bone marrow aspirate and biopsy is required to make the diagnosis of leukemia, but often one will look at a periferal smear too, as this can be done quickly, and the marrow pathology will take several days.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Hematologist/oncologists have been trained well to perform and evaluate peripheral blood smear as part of work-up of blood disorders.
Peripheral blood smear is a quick & cheap test and able to give more information that will lead to more focused diagnosis. A blood smear will be done as an initial workup.Bone marrow biopsy and other tests-flow cytometry etc then need to be done to make a diagnosis.

In brief: Yes

Hematologist/oncologists have been trained well to perform and evaluate peripheral blood smear as part of work-up of blood disorders.
Peripheral blood smear is a quick & cheap test and able to give more information that will lead to more focused diagnosis. A blood smear will be done as an initial workup.Bone marrow biopsy and other tests-flow cytometry etc then need to be done to make a diagnosis.
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Dr. Agos Luca
Pathology

In brief: Probably

A peripheral blood smear is usually part of the diagnostic work-up for leukemia.
Sometimes, if a bone marrow study is performed, a peripheral blood smear may not be absolutely necessary.

In brief: Probably

A peripheral blood smear is usually part of the diagnostic work-up for leukemia.
Sometimes, if a bone marrow study is performed, a peripheral blood smear may not be absolutely necessary.
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