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Could leukemia have been overlooked on anemia testing?
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Yes.
I would rephrase as can I have leukemia despite having a complete blood count (cbc)? Yes.
Leuk- (WBC) -emia (blood) suggests that the white blood cells in the blood are present/elevated. Some leukemias have lymphoma counterparts cll/sll that are the same cells but present more predominantly in the lymph nodes. Some leukemias develop fast and a prior CBC may have been normal.

In brief: Yes.
I would rephrase as can I have leukemia despite having a complete blood count (cbc)? Yes.
Leuk- (WBC) -emia (blood) suggests that the white blood cells in the blood are present/elevated. Some leukemias have lymphoma counterparts cll/sll that are the same cells but present more predominantly in the lymph nodes. Some leukemias develop fast and a prior CBC may have been normal.
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