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On a cbc, what things might set off a red flag to a dr that a patient might have leukemia? Wbc or rbc?

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Dr. Raja Mudad
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Usually WBC

Leukemia is defined as an increase in wbc, however, some pre-leukemic conditions can start with increase in rbc or platelets.

In brief: Usually WBC

Leukemia is defined as an increase in wbc, however, some pre-leukemic conditions can start with increase in rbc or platelets.
Dr. Raja Mudad
Dr. Raja Mudad
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Leukemia changes

Leukemia can be associated with various changes in the CBC such as high or low wbc, low or sometimes elevated platelets and usually anemia (low rbc) rather than high rbcs.
The diagnosis almost always requires a bone marrow biopsy be performed as there are many reasons for changes in the blood counts aside from leukemia.

In brief: Leukemia changes

Leukemia can be associated with various changes in the CBC such as high or low wbc, low or sometimes elevated platelets and usually anemia (low rbc) rather than high rbcs.
The diagnosis almost always requires a bone marrow biopsy be performed as there are many reasons for changes in the blood counts aside from leukemia.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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