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What are the tests for chronic leukemia?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Blood work etc

You would need at least- blood work.
Imaging scan for abdomen would be needed in certain chronic leukemia ( cml) to evaluate spleen or if there is other indication ( such as presence of abdominal pain etc); a bone marrow biopsy will be needed in certain case of chronic leukemia. Please discuss further in detail with your hematologist/ oncologist. Read more at www.Cancer.Net ; www.Lls.Org.

In brief: Blood work etc

You would need at least- blood work.
Imaging scan for abdomen would be needed in certain chronic leukemia ( cml) to evaluate spleen or if there is other indication ( such as presence of abdominal pain etc); a bone marrow biopsy will be needed in certain case of chronic leukemia. Please discuss further in detail with your hematologist/ oncologist. Read more at www.Cancer.Net ; www.Lls.Org.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
The general order of lab tests is CBC and examination of peripheral smear,followed by bone marrow examination. Study of cell surface markers on cells in blood and bone marrow and DNA changes in the same are now routine.
Dr. Muaiad Kittaneh
Addiction Medicine

In brief: FCM

Flowcytometry from a blood sample is the standard test to diagnose chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Chronic mylogenous leukemia can also be diagnosed from a blood test looking for bcr-abl mutation by pcr or fish. Other important tests include a conventional karyotyping and cytogenetics to determine prognosis. Karyotyping and cytogenetucs are usually done from bone marrow in cml.

In brief: FCM

Flowcytometry from a blood sample is the standard test to diagnose chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Chronic mylogenous leukemia can also be diagnosed from a blood test looking for bcr-abl mutation by pcr or fish. Other important tests include a conventional karyotyping and cytogenetics to determine prognosis. Karyotyping and cytogenetucs are usually done from bone marrow in cml.
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