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Does Leukemia always cause an elevated white blood cell count?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: No

Occasionally one of the more aggressive leukemias will stay confined to the bone marrow.

In brief: No

Occasionally one of the more aggressive leukemias will stay confined to the bone marrow.
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Dr. Sewa Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: No, not always!

Acute leukemia can have high counts, near normal counts or even low white counts because the disease actually begins and resides in the bone marrow.
What you see in the peripheral blood is only the consequences of abnormal bone marrow function which is highly variable from one person tot he other.

In brief: No, not always!

Acute leukemia can have high counts, near normal counts or even low white counts because the disease actually begins and resides in the bone marrow.
What you see in the peripheral blood is only the consequences of abnormal bone marrow function which is highly variable from one person tot he other.
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